Queens Arms village shop
Jane and Steve Allen came forward with plans to open a general-purpose shop in the pool room of their newly-purchased village pub.
Taddington had been without a shop for seven years and in addition to numerous letters of local support, a community-led Parish Plan had also confirmed local need.
Jane and Steve's investment in purchasing the pub meant that they had to seek extra funds to make the adaptations to accommodate the shop. They proposed to install lockable shelving and a fridge in the pub's pool room and sell convenience goods and general groceries during the day. In the evening the room would return to its traditional use.
The project was warmly welcomed by local people and would clearly be especially useful for elderly residents, many of whom rely on public transport, and for whom the nearest shops are several miles away. In this way the proposals also help to reduce the community's carbon footprint. Additionally, the shop will serve visitors to the area and the outlying hamlets and dwellings.
An additional part time member of staff is to be taken on to help run the shop and it is anticipated that there is likely to be an indirect benefit to the pub itself, as people are attracted to the shop and the village.
Total project cost £9,020.
Leader grant £4,500.
Jane and Steve Allen
Tel: 01298 85245.