Ahead of the 2019 Rural Community Awards past winners have been reflecting on what their awards mean to them. In 2018 the Slapton Community Shop in Devon won the ‘Community Story of the Year’ Award. The award recognised the much deeper role the shop plays in supporting individuals and community life. Tracie Lange, [...]
It's almost upon us - the Plunkett Foundation's Rural Community Awards 2019 - an annual celebration of the achievements of rural community businesses across the UK and a chance to inspire others. But what does it mean to be one of the recipients? Abi Johnson of Talking Shop in Oxfordshire, winner of the [...]
It was late afternoon in the summer holidays, when we visited to meet with Kate, and volunteers behind the counter at the small shop at Islip, and it was buzzing with activity.
The Plunkett Foundation releases the 2019 ‘Better form of Business Reports’ on Community Pubs and Community Shops Across the UK more shops and pubs than ever are now in community ownership and are bucking the national trend of rural closures. Survival record of Community Pubs [...]
On the 14th August, a very wet day for the season, Aimee Evans from Plunkett and Helen Fagan, grants manager for The Prince’s Countryside Fund splashed through the rural roads of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire to visit three community shops.
Our next stop was Tackley village shop, where we met with Barbie and Andrew. Tackley are busy updating and refurbishing their shop, which opened in 2004.