• Tuesday 24th November

  • Register to join the Lockdown Stories sessions below via Zoom
    The Flagship Film and Community Contribution Award sessions are now fully booked, but join us on the day on Facebook Live

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2020 has been a year of many challenges and difficulties but it has also been the year that we have seen communities come together like never before and at the heart of that renewed community spirit has been community-owned businesses. On Tuesday 24th November, Plunkett Foundation will be recognising and celebrating the inspiring achievements of community businesses, in partnership with rural housing association, Hastoe Housing.

Across the UK, community-owned businesses have been adapting their services in order to support their communities, many of whom were already isolated from mainstream services and support. From turning their village shop into a food delivery service to transforming a pub’s restaurant into a takeout facility and coordinating a volunteer-led helpline to make sure local residents were okay and not lonely, community businesses have been stepping up to provide a lifeline to the most vulnerable in their communities.

The Virtual Community Business Fete will be a day-long online event that will showcase the lockdown stories of five community businesses, as well as announcing the winner of the Plunkett and Hastoe Housing ‘Community Contribution Award’ which seeks to find one outstanding individual who went that extra mile during the pandemic crisis.

To round off the Virtual Fete, Plunkett will be launching a new flagship film that will bring to life the charity’s Rural Vision, a vision that looks at five core themes that Plunkett believes will help aid a rural renaissance following COVID-19. Our rural visioning film has been made possible with the support of Power to Change. Throughout the day, audiences will be invited to join in with interactive discussions featuring community businesses and experts from the sector, and there will be an exclusive virtual Tea Pig tea tasting session for members of Plunkett.

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  • 9.30am – Welcome from James Alcock, Chief Executive of Plunkett Foundation – register here
  • 9.35am – Community business lockdown story and Q&A – Bretforton Community Shop. Kindly sponsored by Co-op – register here
  • 10.15am – Community business lockdown story and Q&A – Cletwr Café & Shop. Kindly sponsored by The Retail Mutual – register here
  • 11am – Virtual tea tasting with Tea Pigs (please note this event is for Plunkett members only) Bookings now closed.
  • 12.10pm – Community business lockdown story and Q&A – The New Inn pub, Norton Lindsay. Kindly sponsored by Triodos – register here
  • 1pm – Announcement of the Community Contribution Award winner. Kindly sponsored by Hastoe Housing. Fully booked on Zoom – join us on Facebook Live
  • 2.15pm – Community business lockdown story and Q&A – Brent Knoll Community Shop. Kindly sponsored by Thakeham Group – register here
  • 3pm – Community business lockdown story and Q&A – Clapham Community Shop. Kindly sponsored by SUMA – register here
  • 3.50pm – Premiere of Plunkett’s new Rural Recovery film. Kindly sponsored by Power to Change, followed by live Q&A and discussion on the future of a rural recovery. Fully booked on Zoom – join us on Facebook Live

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The Virtual Fete will take place on Zoom and be streamed live on Plunkett’s Facebook page – we very much hope you will join us in celebrating community businesses and discussing with our panel the future of a rural recovery.

Our sincere thanks to our all sponsors for enabling this virtual event to take place.