Barrowden and Wakerley Community Shop
The picturesque village and civil parish of Barrowden in the county of Rutland has been subject to a generous donation from local construction business Mick George Ltd.
The business has provided funds, services and materials to install a brand-new car-park at the Barrowden and Wakerley Community Shop, an amenity which lies at the heart of the local surroundings.
The Shop’ opened its doors back in 2009 after a five year planning and consultation process, and is the first of its kind in Rutland and on the Burghley Estate.
Providing a welcoming environment for the 420 strong village population to enjoy, it’s growing popularity has consequently seen the number of offerings from the premises increase, with the volume of visitors following suit, subsequently out growing the former car-park facility.
Staffed entirely by volunteers, alongside a full-time manager, The Shops’ objective is to provide a first-class shopping experience with high-quality, locally sourced produce at competitive prices for residents, and those passing through the area.
It has more to offer than just your everyday convenience products though. The Garden and Coffee Club provide great social gathering opportunities too, not discounting a few bonus services that often trouble the rural community, such as cash back, post office services and dry cleaning.
On hand to unveil the new car park was the High Sheriff, who also celebrated the first Anniversary back in September 2010.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’To have a fully-fledged ‘Community Shop’ that is operated by volunteers, is a credit to everyone involved. It’s clear to see just how important the location is to nearby residents, and it’s important that the facilities are able to cope with demand.‘’
Stump continued: ‘’We have a site not too far from this area, and have always been grateful for the on-going support that residents have provided to us during that time. This is just a small token of our appreciation.’’