Dalwood community shop and PO celebrates 15th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:04 05 October 2016

MP Neil Parish joins the party to celebrate Dalwood Community Shop's 15th birthday

MP Neil Parish joins the party to celebrate Dalwood Community Shop's 15th birthday

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MP Neil Parish joined villagers at Dalwood to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their community shop and post office.

Dalwood Community Shop committee members cut a 15th anniverary cakeDalwood Community Shop committee members cut a 15th anniverary cake

Volunteers, customers and visitors were greeted by colourful bunting and gingham decorated tables.

Amongst other special guests were representatives from community shops in the area, pub start-ups and Devon County Council chairman Andrew Moulding.

The tables were laden with products sold in the shop and supplied by various providers reflecting different times of the day.

From cereals and eggs for breakfast through to Ploughman’s lunch, followed by scones and jam for tea, with sausages, bacon and curries for the evening. Teas and coffee were served all day.

The Plunkett Foundation, which is very supportive of community shops and pubs, was represented by Harriet English, who had travelled from Oxford to lend her support.

A toast was made and a beautiful decorated cake was cut and there was a free raffle for a hamper full of donated goodies.

A display board highlighted the progress the shop had made in its 15 years, including new equipment, solar panels and competition successes.

A spokesman for the shop said: “We would like to thank all our loyal volunteers and customers who have made this anniversary possible and for making Friday such an enjoyable day. We look forward to the next 15 years!”

The Plunkett Foundation supports people, predominantly in rural areas, to set up and run life-changing community co-operatives that help them tackle issues ranging from isolation and loneliness to poverty. For more information, visit their website at http://www.plunkett.co.uk/

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