The 2012 AGM of The St Germans Community Shop society took place on the 29th September 2012 in the Eliot Hall, St Germans. Everyone is welcome to attend our AGM's but only shareholders will be eligable to vote. Why not download a share application form and join in?
You may also wish to read last years AGM Minutes.
Yes it really is 2 years since the shop opened on 29th May 2010
To mark the occaision we held a volunteers party in the Eliot Arms with fantastic food and horse racing. Colin Harris took this great photo of the volunteers and staff present.
St Germans Community Shop is a general store offering an extensive range of groceries, household supplies, newspapers and magazines, bread and cakes, tobacco products, frozen foods and dairy, greetings cards, local foods, pet supplies, alcohol and Post Office services. Cash Back facilities are available.
Monday to Friday 8 > 1 & 3 > 6
Saturday 8 > 4
Sunday 8 > 12
St Germans last remaining village shop and the associated post office closed in December 2008. The announcement was greeted with despair by most in the village, not just for the loss of a valued asset but also for the loss of a focus for the community. It was widely felt that a shop and Post Office was vital in maintaining a sense of community as well as reducing the need for travel outside of the village.
Public meetings were organised which were well attended and a survey carried out. The consensus view was that a community shop would be the best way of re-establishing facilities in the village. In March 2009 a group was set up to endeavour to bring this about and after much effort by the committee and voluntary labour by members of the community the shop opened on 29th May 2010.
To quote from the business plan: "Our aim is to open a community shop and Post Office and bring back into the village the customers who now have to travel to neighbouring towns and villages, offering a good supply of basic needs, with as many locally sourced as possible, at competitive prices, keeping the village carbon footprint as low as posssible. In addition to the availability of services, the new shop will most importantly act as a meeting point for all, particularly the elderly and the isolated, a source of excercise, a centre for information, a tuck shop for the school and it will rejuvenate the heart of the village."
Whats Happening Now?
We are encouraging members of the community that the shop will serve to become members of the Community Shop Society by purchasing a £10 share. This can be done at the shop or by going to our "Fundraising" page.
A part-time manager, Sara Dawe, is employed to run the shop but wether we are able to maintain the current opening hours or extend them will depend on the level of volunteer support. Volunteer shifts are 2 or 3 hours long and there will always be at least two people working at a time. The work isn't complicated and the manageress will always be on duty with new volunteers until they are confident with what is involved. Please consider becoming a volunteer, even if it is only for one shift a month. If you would like to volunteer or have a chat about it, please give the shop a ring on 01503 232887 or call in. Our volunteers enjoy their work and there is always a very cheery atmosphere in the shop. It is a great way to see people and for young people particularly it is a very good thing to be able to put on your CV. We hold 4 social evenings a year which include a complimentary meal and are most enjoyable.