Many of the communities we are supporting to establish democratically-owned shops, pubs, cafes or other business models, will no doubt resonate with this notion of ‘resurrection’ or of green shoots growing again in places where there had been no local amenities or places for people to come together.
Margaret was a pioneer who laid the foundations for the charity’s mission today to support rural community-owned business that are resilient, thriving and inclusive. We can learn a great deal from her tireless work on behalf of communities, not only in the UK but globally too. Margaret is even more extraordinary because she achieved all she did in a time period when it was rare for women to work, lead organisations and travel the world.
A tribute to Margaret written after her death in 1985, says: “Margaret had a profound knowledge of co-operative movements throughout the world, and she likewise enjoyed the trust and confidence of co-operators, many of whom she had met on their home ground.
“None owe a greater debt of gratitude to Margaret Digby than the British agricultural movement, left largely leaderless and rudderless after the collapse of the English central organisation in 1924. Painfully and slowly it recovered its balance during the 1930s and 40s, helped at every stage by its one constant ally, the Plunkett Foundation.”