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Thirty of our members attended our AGM. We really appreciated your time, as well as your useful comments and questions. The public meeting was also well attended with a full room.
Please see the full minutes and the Chair's report on our downloads page. Some headlines:-
- The management committee stood down, and were reelected by the members
- Phillip Hunt joined the committee- welcome, and thank you.
- The chair, Adrian Nagle, gave his report to the members giving a brief history of where we started, the progress made to date and the plans for the future.
- All members were given a copy of the annual accounts for 2018, and Debbie Tomkins gave a report of the important points contained within the accounts. These were adopted.
- Kelly Rix, the volunteer coordinator, Bronwen Barns the retail lead, and Vic Tomkins the membership secretary were introduced. Welcome to the family.
- The next steps were outlined - freehold for the land to be transferred to the Parish Council, the walls of the garden to be made safe (Parish Council(, and then the build. The build is a modular construction, and will take around ten weeks.
- Members asked questions about the Post Office (which is confirmed), shop products, the consideration of people with disabilities and dietary needs and the café capacity.
We aim for the shop, café and garden to be open by Christmas 2019
Please contact us with any queries, or to volunteer your time and expertise in any capacity. We welcome your help.
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.
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.
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/