Minstead Community Shop


 19th MAY 2020 – PROGRESS SO FAR

Work on the new Minstead Community Shop at the Trusty Servant is well underway.

Many thanks to Tim Nicholson who managed to get some paint from B&Q and complete a fantastic paint job which goes well with the new flooring.

The new glass front and doors have now been installed.

It should be possible to complete fitting out and installing equipment over the next 2 or 3 weeks and you can follow progress on the
Community Shop Facebook Page
The Committee considers that the latest Government COVID-19 guidelines will enable it to open the Shop on a limited basis for the benefit of the Village on 1st June to sell essential items.

They have emailed all those who have already volunteered to help run the shop asking them if they are still willing to do so.

Do contact any of the Committee if you have any suggestions or questions and if you feel you might be able to help in any way do apply as outlined below.

Shop Committee members

George Dibben 023 8081 2967 george@dibben.net

Tim Nicholson 023 8081 4858 tim_nicholson@btinternet.com

Annabel Bruxner-Randall 023 8081 3242 pdbruxner_randall@hotmail.com

Alison McGhee alisonmcghee@btinternet.com

Yvonne Le Brun 023 8081 2916 yvonne.lebrun@btinternet.com

Nibby Saunders 07969 993417 nibbysaunders10@gmail.com

Alan Ferguson 023 8081 3838 alanandfionaf@btinternet.com

The long term success of the Shop depends critically on there being sufficient volunteers to staff the shop and undertake background activities.
Currently we estimate we shall need between 50 and 60 people and although a magnificent 40 have offered their services some of these will be unable to help with Start Up during the current COVID-19 restrictions.
If you are able to give a little bit of your time and feel you may be able to help please complete the Volunteer Application Form and return it as requested at the bottom of the page.


Many thanks go to everyone who has helped get the project to this stage, especially to those who have purchased shares. The Committee is satisfied that the financial basis is sufficiently sound to proceed, however our contingency for unexpected expenditure is almost used up and additional funds would ease our concerns and would help the Treasurer sleep at night.
If you have not yet done so but would like to give your support you can join the growing band of Members (currently over 110) through buying shares in Minstead Community Shop Ltd. To do this download the MCS Share Offer (updated March 2020) which also includes an application form on the last 2 pages. If you would prefer a hard copy delivered please contact the Committee via minsteadcommunityshop@gmail.com.
Information about the membership rules and how the Society will operate are in the document Minstead Community Shop Ltd Rules. You may also want to review the financial estimates by visiting the Excel spreadsheet Business plan MCS Ltd.

Follow progress on Facebook

To read more about how we got here and the answers to some frequently asked questions please have a look at our Shop’s