Monday, June 30, 2014
Villagers’ 20-year wait for their own local store is finally ended
Hawkchurch residents turned out in force for the official opening of their new community shop on Saturday.
The volunteer-run store has been set up in a portable cabin on land near the village hall – with plans for a purpose-built structure once it is established.
County councillor Andrew Moulding cut a ribbon to declare the new venture up and running following a two-year campaign.
Hawkchurch has been without its own store for more than 20 years.
The new shop will open seven days a week and is designed to serve not only the village but the surrounding communities and visitors.
Organisers say it has already proved popular with a wide variety of shoppers.
During Saturday’s celebrations a presentation was made to Derek and Sue Cowling who have generously donated land in Norton Yard, just behind the village hall, on which the store has been sited.
The new store is open seven days a week Mon-Fri 8.30am-6.30pm; Sat: 9.30am-4.30pm; Sun: 10am-12.30pm.