Village Community Shop Project


28th April 2019 Update

In another fund-raising effort the Minstead Community Shop opened a Pop-up café on the Village Green on Easter Saturday and Sunday.  It was a considerable success with takings over £450 for the two days, although we had significant set-up costs for our first Pop-up Café we still made a profit of around £150.  We expected improved profits going forwards.

Many, many thanks to the ladies of the village (and we think it was all ladies) for the delicious cakes and savouries that they contributed.

Thank you to all those who helped by serving at the stall, putting up Peter Bennett’s gazebo and of course all those who patronised the stall.

Most thanks go to Annabel Bruxner-Randall for a massive effort over many weeks in making it happen.

We will be running the Pop-up Café again over the next Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday, 5th May from 10.30am to 2.30pm or later.

The Working Group extends its thanks for all your ideas, support and not least patience, we shall keep you updated on our endeavours.  If you wish to contact the Working Group please use our email: or speak to any members of the working group.

Pop Up Shop at Easter

This Easter weekend, on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April,  the Minstead Community Shop project is organising a “Pop Up Shop” on the village green selling teas, coffees, cakes and other nibbles.

All welcome.

Quiz Night

The Quiz Night on 13th April was attended by over 90 members of the Minstead community and raised nearly £900 pounds for its funding of a Community Shop in Minstead.  The winners were the “Fleetwood Fools”, the runners-up “The Olorenshaws”.

March 31st 2019 Update

There was a presentation on the Minstead Community Shop at the Annual Parish Meeting of 20 March 2019.  The feedback received from those members of the community at that meeting were encouraging and as a result the Working Group will be moving ahead to advance the opening of a Community shop in the space provided by the Trusty Servant.

These actions will include:

  • Securing a licence/lease for the space in the Trusty Servant;
  • Joining the Plunkett Society;
  • Setting up the Minstead Community Shop as a legal entity (a Community Benefit Society);
  • Discussing planning issues with the NFPA;
  • Fund raising and finding grants;
  • Completing a Business Plan& Share Prospectus.

For those of you who could not make the Annual Parish Meeting, the presentation made by the Minstead Community Shop is on the Parish website under Amenities/Village Community Shop Project.  Please take the opportunity to look at the Illustrations (within the presentation) of what the shop could look like which Eleni Papadopoulou of Fairhurst Design Group has produced.

The Working Group would like to thank the Parish Council for facilitating the grant of £550.00 from HCC/NFDC which will be used to set up the shop as a legal entity (Community Benefit Society).

Please support our first fund raising event: the Village Quiz on Saturday 13thApril starting at 7.30 pm.  Tickets must be pre-paid by 10thApril, please contact Annabel at

The Working Group extends our thanks for all your ideas, support and not least patience, we shall keep you updated on our endeavours.  If you wish to contact the Working Group please use our email: minsteadcommunityshop@gmail.comor speak to any members of the working group.

Presentation to Annual Parish Meeting 20th March 2019

View as .pdf

January 2019 Update

Since the public meeting on 17 November 2018 the Working Group has been busy, first, digesting the comments and suggestions from the meeting and taking appropriate actions in line with that feedback.

The Working Group understood the meeting did not favour the proposal of constructing a temporary shop in the village hall car park but should examine the possibilities of utilising an existing building in the village.  We were unable to progress discussions with the owners of the shop and concluded that the Danby room was not a large enough space and suffered from the same problem as the new build: it was not on the village green.

The good news is that Debbie, the landlady of the Trusty Servant, has offered us prime space at the front of the pub to open the shop.  Although it is not as large as we would have liked, we believe it is a workable space and, most importantly, it is on the village green and with the support of the community can be a successful location.

We still have considerable ground work to do in negotiating terms but feel this is a way forward to, at least, test the viability of a community shop in Minstead whilst minimising the outlay.

There has been a proposal for a “21st century internet hub” where on line shopping is introduced, however, we feel that in the interests of the village community, visitors and long-term success of the shop, we should retain a more conventional Community village shop with personal service.

The Working Group extends our thanks for all your invaluable ideas, support and not least patience, we shall keep you updated on our endeavours.