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Christmas Opening Hours 2013

As normal except:
24th : closes at 13:00
25th & 26th : closed
31st : closes at 13:00
1st : no post office

Shop AGM 2013

The annual general meeting of the industrial and provident society that owns the shop was held on the 26th September 2013 in the Eliot Hall, St Germans. There was a good attandance with the committee all prepared to stand again and duly re-elected. The minutes will shortly be published on the website. Membership forms for the society can be obtained from the shop.

Community Shop Awards 2013

The shop was awarded 2nd place at the Plunkett Foundation Community Shop Awards 2013. Paul Joyce made the following promotional video that formed an essential part of our application.

St Germans Community Shop is a general store offering an extensive range of groceries, fresh vegetables and salad, 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.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 8 > 1 & 3 > 6
Saturday 8 > 2
Sunday 8 > 12

The shop is located adjacent to the Eliot Arms on the B3249 that runs through the village.

Why not visit the shop's facebook page for all the latest news?

The Background

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.

Our Aim

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.

Colin Harris took this great photo of the volunteers and staff present at the 2nd anniverary of the shop's opening on 29th May 2012.