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Christmas Update

Thank you for joining us on our journey to open this community business. Here are the updates!
The Project

The share issue is now closed, and the total raised was £23,450. 
The management committee took the decision to downscale the project to reflect both the investment received from the share issue and the current grant funding position. We also had to decide whether or not to apply for a grant from the Rural Development Leader Programme. This is European money aimed at supporting Rural development and because of Brexit, the programme came to an end last week. As our downscaling plans fitted within the criteria for the amount we could apply for, we decided to do so and our full application for £100,000 was made last week. The decision will be made mid-February, if we get through the appraisal stage now taking place.
The New Budget
The new budget is based on a reduced building size of approx. 100m
2 split 2/3 shop and 1/3 café. We asked 3 local builders to tender and we have chosen Modular Works Ltd of Burlingham. They provide a Structural Insulated Panel System (SIPS), built off site and erected very quickly. Plans and architectural drawings will be developed over the next few months.
The budget is now:
£183,450 total project value stocked and open for business.
Provided by:
£23,450 shares purchased
£10,000 Co-op foundation grant
£50,000 Co-op foundation interest free 5-year loan
£100,000 Leader grant application
Share Certificates
These are likely to be issued at the end of January, after we get the results of a structural survey by the Parish council on the walls of the garden.
Grant Funding
The Budget depends on winning the Leader grant. We do have other funding possibilities and it is our intention to replace the £50,000 Co-op loan with grant funding between now and February. These funding possibilities include Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust and the Geoffrey Watling Trust (application for £25,000 already made; decision December). Once the position of the freehold is known we can also continue our application with ‘Big Lottery reaching communities’ for the cost of renewable energy sources and possibly refurbishing the existing outbuildings. In addition, we are exploring funding possibilities with the Tudor Trust and in January, we will make a presentation to various local charitable trusts.
We have been through the first hurdle with Heritage Lottery for the costs of recreating the garden and should be able to take the next steps in February.
Our First AGM
We intend to convene our first AGM towards the end of February 2019 as by then we will know the Parish Council’s position with the Walled Garden, as well as the result of our Leader application. Due notice will be given to members in the New Year. We will present our first year’s accounts and a report on the first year’s activities. The whole Management Committee will stand down at this first AGM. and can nominate themselves for re-election by the Societies membership. Any Member of the society can nominate themselves for election to the 12 positions on the Management Committee and we encourage you to do so.
A section of the AGM could be opened to the whole community with the aim of increasing membership and ensuring that the community is both included and is behind the project. If we are in a position to proceed with the build it will be important to know that the volunteer pledges to help in the shop/café/garden are in place and that we are confident that we have the means to deliver and open for business.
We did finally receive advance assurance from HMRC that our share offer complies for SEIS tax relief and that tax payers would be able to apply for the 50% tax relief. This is a little way off as we have to be trading for 4 months before this can happen.
Planning Permission
Just one minor detail outstanding which should be resolved with planning permission received very shortly. This is of course based on the original plan but will only require an amended planning application to be put in place.
A film in the making!!-
Students from the Norwich University of Arts have visited the site and are keen to make a short film about the restoration of the garden. Early days on this and has yet to be scoped, but quite exciting!

Help Needed in all teams
Help make this project happen by getting involved. We need your expertise ! Please contact
enquiries@thewalledgardenshop.co,uk to join in with any of our teams.

Tax Relief

We have today received confirmation from HMRC that they have given advance assurance to our community share issue.

This means that our shareholders, who are UK taxpayers, will be able to apply to get 50% of their investment back, in tax relief, from HMRC once the shop has been trading for 4 months.


News Release

Little Plumstead Community Shop & Café wins grant and prepares for community share issue

Power to Change, the independent Trust supporting community business in England, has awarded a £15,000 ‘Bright Ideas’ grant to Little Plumstead Community Shop. This will fund the preparation of a planning application and tender documents to construct the new shop and café.

A site has already been identified, within the former walled garden on the Little Plumstead Hospital site. The project has already won the support of the Parish and Broadland Councils, The Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust and the Post Office, who have agreed to fund a ‘local Post Office’ within the new shop.

‘We’ve been working on this for more than a year, ‘explained project Chairman Adrian Nagle, ‘and now everything is coming together ready for our community share issue which launches on Norfolk Day, 27th July.’

Villagers have set up a community benefit society to operate the shop and café, and restore the walled garden. As well as help from Power to Change the group have also had the support of the Plunkett Foundation who support a network of more than 300 community owned shops.

With more than 300 new homes being built on the former hospital site and the no other shop nearby, the team are confident the venture will be profitable. If all goes according to plan, the shop could open for businesses in time for Norfolk Day 2019.

Branding Approved

The Walled Garden

Following a comprehensive set of community engagement, our community have voted on their choice for the branding of The Walled garden Shop & Caf

It was a close call between 2 of the 3 options, but we are all very pleased with the end result.

Huge thanks to Norfolk ProHelp and Ten Creative.

Logo & Branding

We would love for you to be part of our future. As a community we would like you to choose our new logo and branding. Please click this link to cast your vote.
survey.zohopublic.com/zs/ghB584 Voting ends 13/05/18 #thewalledgardenshopandcafe

I have a dream...

In 1963 Martin Luther King spoke those words to an audience of 250,000 civil rights supporters in Washington. He spoke of an end to racism and equality of opportunity for all. It marked a turning point in American politics.

On a far more modest scale, the dream of our community owned shop and café was the result of a conversation between social entrepreneur Robert Ashton and Dan Dalton, a Psychiatrist at the Broadland Clinic. Service users were travelling to Norwich to undertake work experience, which with poor public transport, was far from easy.

Robert saw new homes being built nearby and suggested that a community owned shop could be both very convenient for those living at Little Plumstead and provide local work experience, avoiding a commute into Norwich.

The project has inevitably prompted some difficult conversations. The shop will be next door to a school and safeguarding concerns needed to be addressed. Those conversations have led to greater understanding between the Clinic and community. This will ensure that the shop, café and walled gardens can safely be enjoyed by everyone.

Next year could see a community shop and café open for business within the walled garden. It could also see a community that is tolerant and inclusive and an example to others.


Time to consolidate!

This week we have been building our brand, and have launched our new website; albeit sill in development!

We have also branded our social media presence to align with our website.

New Twitter account: https://twitter.com/wallgardenshop

New Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/thewalledgardenshop/

New Pinterest account: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/thewalledgardenshop/

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