The purpose of this message, on behalf of the WCSA, is to state clearly that the shop is impartial in its responsibilities towards the community.
Members of the shop management committee, the shop managers and their team members are being approached by some in the community who have voiced both concern and criticism that ‘the shop’ is taking sides by openly supporting one faction over another in the matter of the future of the Pub when it is not the role or responsibility of the shop to do so.
We now feel it necessary to state that such accusations of bias are totally misguided and incorrect. The Community Pub group is being treated no differently than all the other community entities who have requested similar use of the shop’s standing as an epicentre of information and distribution. Obviously, as always, individuals connected with the shop are entitled to have their own view on community issues, but the shop as an entity has not and does not ‘take sides’ and it is a misconception to believe that it does.
Since the opening of our new premises over 6 years ago those of us directly involved with the shop have willingly accepted the fact that it has, increasingly, become an information hub for much of the local community activity. We have helped many community groups and local charitable concerns by selling tickets for concerts, parties and do’s, often supplying food and drink for these events; providing photocopying facilities, distributing and disseminating information by displaying posters on our notice board and fact sheets in our coffee area. We have recently project managed the new Village Welcome pack and the fitting out of the BT box. There are many examples of assistance willingly given to the community over this time and on each occasion we have always treated requests for help equally and impartially.
This past couple of months we have responded likewise to requests from The Community Pub group to help disseminate relevant and timely information about the project. As usual, we agreed to information updates and questionnaires being readily available in the shop and, because the latest pub news update was subject to a restricted timescale, via the normal delivery process of our Christmas Newsletter.
Woodgreen Community Shop Association