Grampound Village Store and Coffee Shop
When the only shop or pub closes in a rural village it can have a devastating effect on the community. They not only provide vital amenities, but also a valuable place for social interaction, combating rural isolation and loneliness.
The village of Grampound in Cornwall has 750 residents. The Hollies Store and Post Office was the only convenience store in the village but it closed after the shopkeeper and postmistress retired. Faced with the prospect of a six-mile round trip for a pint of milk or newspaper, villagers came together to explore reopening the shop themselves.
The new Grampound Village Store and Coffee Shop, next to the village hall, was made possible with a grant from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, plus more than half of the households in the village signing up to a community share, amassing more than £20,500 in three months. The new store plays an important role as a hub of the community:It provides local jobs and volunteering opportunities, a place for residents to meet and a valuable outlet for local food suppliers.
Volunteer Peter Wootton explains:"Having a shop again has restored the heart to the village. Many, especially but not exclusively, older people know that a trip to the shop will involve meeting friends and acquaintances and therefore some social interaction. The existence of a coffee shop, which we did not have before, makes this more possible and we have noticed groups of friends who arrange to meet there regularly. Some volunteers have also been helped to make new friends and tell us it has provided a focus for their week."
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