❂ Our community donation to the South West Dorset MS Society: thanks to the generosity of our customers, we were able to make a donation of £149.45 in December.
❂ The BADCE Management Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Jarvis as Sue's successor as Manager of Broadwindsor Community Stores. Stephen joined us on 2nd December and will have a handover period with Sue until she leaves us on 19th December. Stephen has been department manager at a petrol forecourt convenience store in Dorchester for two years. Prior to this he ran his own cheese business for 15 years. It will take a little while for Stephen to familiarise himself with the new ways of working - please be patient and make him welcome. Fraser Hughes, Chair, BADCE
Please click here to read the full article as featured in "Broadwindsor - Village Life" ❂Our Christmas Event on 22nd November was a big success! Click here to see some photos. Thanks everyone! ❂ At the end of October, the BBC's "Spotlight" programme ran a pre-Christmas feature on Community Shops. Our shop was one of those chosen! ❂ The Stores was entered for this year's Dorset's Best Village competition, organised by Dorset Community Action (we were winners last year - see News for 2013). ❂ The September issue of Dorset Life magazine carried a write-up about the Stores (on page 11): http://www.dorsetlife.co.uk ❂ Enjoy some cool shopping Our customers, staff and volunteers are no longer sweltering in the heat, thanks to a generous grant from Magna Housing Association. The Stores applied for a grant to help pay for air conditioning in the shop. Fraser Hughes, BADCE Chair, said: “Our chillers were struggling to keep the temperatures down in the hot weather, so we are enormously grateful to Magna for the grant. The installation of air conditioning has made a huge difference and last week resulted in record sales - our customers have appreciated the cool of the shop!” The two air conditioning units (which during the winter can also be used to provide heat) were installed by local electrical contractor Shaun Annetts. On 30th July, Julia Matso, vice-chairman of Magna’s Community Initiative Fund Forum, presented a cheque for £2,000 to shop assistant Jane Sloman.
Julia Matso supporting our shop, with volunteer Jan Lemon
❂17th June: Last week the Stores saw its all time best sales, beating our previous records.
❂ 2nd June: The Plunkett Foundation has announced its shortlist for their first ever national Rural Community Ownership Awards. The nominees will now go on to compete for the title in their respective categories (judging day 10th June), with winners being announced at Plunkett's Community-owned Enterprise Event and AGM on Tuesday 1st July. BADCE has been nominated under Category 6 : Better Services. Read all about the Awards here.
❂ 4th May: BADCE Chair Fraser Hughes reports: " As we move in to summer, it is heartening to see that the shop is continuing to hit new heights. Last week we saw the biggest ever level of takings since the shop opened. This makes us hugely optimistic for the months ahead. Sue continues to add new lines, so there is always something fresh for our customers to call in and buy."
❂ 28th March : Our community donation to Wessex Autism Shop volunteer Sue Hibbard presenting our cheque for £73.28p. The money was collected in the stores’ charity box.
❂ On 26th March, Chalk & Cheese made a promotional video about the stores, interviewing staff and customers (see link on the right, above). The film will be used by Defra as a case study illustrating a successful community project. Please click here to read the Chalk & Cheese Local Action Group News, which mentions the Stores. (1 page)