For most villages a local shop is a vital lifeline and for some people, especially those without transport, it is an important connection with the world beyond their front door. It is a meeting place, communication centre and an important lynchpin of village life. Much of the appeal of our village rests on its sense of community. It is the reason many people have moved here and remain here. As well as our pubs, school, churches, post office and community centre, the presence of a shop does, we feel, greatly enhance that community spirit.
The idea of establishing a Community Shop in our village had been around for over 10 years, and the levels of interest and support were always extremely high.
For several months some of the local villagers worked with the Plunkett Foundation, (the only national organisation supporting the development of community-owned village shops in the UK) hoping to start a community shop in High Bickington.
An exciting opportunity then arose to use The Meeting Point as the premises for the Community Shop. The existing facilities required minimum refurbishment and are located in the centre of the village with easy access by foot as well as by car. We aim to be more than just a corner shop. We want to give villagers somewhere to visit to catch up with others, the opportunity to socialise and for it to be the hub of the community. Customer service and meeting our community’s needs is paramount. This is our number one goal and priority. We will aim to stock local produce and local suppliers whenever possible.