Slapton Village has a population of approx. 500, and despite having an ageing population it is a thriving village with two well-supported pubs and 17 community groups. The range of skills within the community is vast, from retirees who are builders, engineers, architects, plumbers, designers, gardeners, doctors, artists, lawyers, and teachers – the list is endless, and all have the same purpose – to build and maintain a well-supported village shop.
The shop’s link with the nearby Field Studies Centre is symbiotic. Most of the work done by students there is outdoors, and in all weathers, so healthy appetites abound. The income derived from the students is necessary and welcome, and the shop provides the Field Centre with a “tuck shop”. The students who visit change each week and come from all over the world bringing a taste of different cultures and a love for life to Slapton.