Thanks to all our current volunteers for all their hard work over the past four years. We hope that they will continue to support us in the new shop either in their current roles or in any other way. Because of changes in operating systems in the new premises we will need additional volunteers. This could be current volunteers changing their existing roles and/or new volunteers. Below are the areas where we will need additional support:
Stock-Entry: We will have space in the new premises to put a new stock-entering system in place. This has been discussed with Julie, Derek and Bob at great length with input and advice from other Community shops. It has been decided that what is required are some volunteers for one or two hours two or three days a week to input stock as it arrives from the suppliers, and before it is put into the stockroom, or on shop shelves. Different people can work on different days-it depends how many volunteers we get. Training will be given.
Behind the Counter: Additional help is required behind the counter. We suggest a half day a week for each volunteer.
General: Cleaning, shelf stacking and other support work. These are already covered by our current volunteers, but more people are always welcome.
For all the above please contact Julie Bottone.
The build has gone very well. Inevitably we have spent less on some things and more on others. There are always additional regulatory and planning requirements to meet, and some things were difficult to cost precisely at an early stage, and other things like the moving of the Post Office was always an additional cost. We have all, the committee, architects and builders, been working hard to keep costs down wherever possible. Considering that our estimate was made over a year ago we have done very well in keeping costs down.The net result is an overspend at present of about £10,000 on the whole project.
In addition, we had included in our fundraising figure the transfer of £6,000 profit from the current shop into the building fund. Unfortunately, due to a few poor months trading we will be unable to meet this target. Though hopefully when trading starts in the new shop, and with the busier Summer months ahead we should be able to rectify this.
In order to meet this shortfall in the short term, we will be calling on some of the loans promised by villagers.
To pay these off as quickly as possible, we will continue fundraising – but now with a very specific target.
Why? Because we weren’t processing enough Scratch Cards and Lottery tickets to meet their minimum turnover requirements. It was largely due to Ron’s considerable powers of persuasion, and the fact that we could be assessed as a community service, that we managed to retain this important part of our business.This indicates how fragile things can be – but how easily resolved. The future is in our own hands. We know the internet can be more convenient, or buying tickets and scratch cards elsewhere if you are out shopping, but if you could use the facility in you village shop, it would secure it’s retention in the future.
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.