We have been advised that we should have a ‘soft opening’ when the contents of the old shop and the PO can be moved + the PO staff trained and the staff become accustomed to all the new things and iron out any glitches. This will be happening on the afternoon of Sunday 8th May (after the shop has closed) and all day Monday 9th May, when both shops will be closed.4
SO IT’S ALL HANDS ON DECK – ON THE SUNDAY AFTERNOON WE NEED A TEAM OF PEOPLE TO HELP MOVE STOCK.
JULIE WILL BE IN CHARGE-SO IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP ON THAT DAY CONTACT JULIE ON 01725 514875 OR AT THE SHOP.
We will need help assembling and varnishing wooden shelving about the third week in April, after it has been delivered, date to be advised. Watch out for a notice in the shop.
We need someone who can bolt down (or fix in some other way) exterior seating etc.
Ground preparation and hedge planting – this is being led by Iris Worker with the support of the Horticultural Society and is being run as a Community Project. This will take place on Saturday 23rd April, from 10.00am onwards. Watch out for posters, just turn up on the day with a fork and spade. Young gardeners welcome.If anyone has some spare well-rotted manure, could you let us know as soon as possible.
Contact Andrea Finn on 513405.
Some people have offered sponsorship for particular items, eg. memorial benches, coffee area tables and chairs, display baskets. If anyone else would like to contribute by sponsoring new items, or donating second hand ones (from Ebay would be OK), below is a list of items we will require:
Desk, rug or carpet, large table and chairs (to seat at least 8 people) 2 office chairs, and filing cabinets all for office area. Exterior tables, toilet roll holder, electric kettle, mugs. A covered milk jug flask type) and cups and saucers for coffee machine. Small plates (for cakes and sandwiches) and cake domes. Shopping baskets.
If you would like to contribute any of the above please contact Julie Bottone on 01725 514875 or at the shop.
On Monday 13th September 2010 our building contractors, Raymond Brown Building Ltd moved onto site. In less than 2 weeks time they will complete the building and hand it over. The portakabin offices have been removed from site. Just the toilets remaining. I think that’s fair don’t you? The internal works are almost complete with the damp proof membrane and marmoleum floor finish going in now. The water, electricity and telephone services have been connected. The photo-voltaic panels are now producing power. The fencing is going up, the car park is near completion and the cattle grid, with its square girders, is soon to be dropped into place. Finally the builders security fencing will come down and we will be formally handed the keys and possession of our new shop.
So many of you have said to me over the past weeks how impressed you are with the look of this building. I agree that our new village shop and Post Office has a certain ‘wow’ factor. Both inside and out. No surprise then that our Architects, Bruges Tozer, have recently received two prestigious awards for their completed Co-housing project in Gillingham, Dorset. They are the overall winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects ‘South West Housing Design Award 2010’, and winners of the UK Sustainability Award (Housing) 2010. What a combination! Richard Swann and Nigel Honer, award winning Architects; Raymond Brown Building Ltd of Downton a truly professional and skilful building company and a most driven, patient (sometimes), helpful (always), expert and experienced Site Manager in Jim Savill. Mind you, they were fortunate in that they did have me to call on for advice when needed!!
What happens after we take possession? Well that’s when our local teams of experts and willing helpers move in. Iris Worker, backed by members of the local Horticultural Society, will landscape the boundary fence with native hedgerow and trees. Bob Wilkie with the support of Brian Hartas, Johnny Morris and Bill Pybus will build and finish electrics to the shop counter. Kate Ratcliffe, Julie Bottone and Martina Coleman will coordinate the purchase and installation of the shelving, central gondola’s, vegetable stands, wine rack, card stands etc.etc. Nikki Coots and her colleagues in Post Office Ltd will oversee the transfer and setting up of our new post office counters and continued service. The baking oven and bean to cup coffee machine will be installed. New chillers and freezers, followed later by some from the present shop, will be moved in. The weekend before the move, shelving from the present shop will have to be dismantled, cleaned and used in the new stockroom. Stock will need transferring. I am sure that as we get closer to the move, many of you reading this will be only too pleased to assist with some of these tasks.
We are nearly there. No doubt we will all enjoy celebrating the opening of our new shop & Post Office. Taking pride in what we have, as a community, all achieved!Then we must ALL use it.