A NEW SHOP FOR MINSTEAD!
2nd MARCH 2020 – PROGRESS SO FAR
Work on the new Minstead Community Shop at the Trusty Servant is well underway. Many thanks to Duane and Debbie for their help and support in providing a suitable premises.
We shall publish the details of our plans for opening during the coming month but we aim to open as soon after Easter as practicable. We are planning for an official opening ceremony on 16th May 2020.
We are planning to sell convenience goods for the benefit of the community, including local produce, and provide a café serving hot drinks and locally made cakes for both villagers and visitors.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 17th MARCH 2020
The MCS Committee has decided to postpone the opening of the Shop for obvious reasons. This is a great shame as recent progress has been excellent and there was a possibility that trading would have commenced around Easter. However, the whole concept of the shop, to provide a community asset is not compatible with current Government guidelines so we’ll all have to wait for a decent cup of coffee until later in the year!
FUNDING – BECOME A SHAREHOLDER!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP!
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 but so far only 25 have offered their services.
Please click Volunteers-Handbook V1.1 and have a look so you can get a feel of what’s involved. If you are able to give a little bit of your time please complete the Application Form on the last page and return when completed as requested at the bottom of the page.
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To read more about how we got here and the answers to some frequently asked questions please have a look at our Shop’s