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This short report aims to give you an insight into the progress achieved by the group so far.
Following the formation of the Chillaton community shop group at the public meeting at Marystow hall on the 12th April 2011, the first task of the group was to establish the requirements for a village/community shop and, to this end, group members distributed a questionnaire to all residences in Chillaton and the local area including Marystow, Coryton, Liddaton and Quither. The excellent response to this questionnaire was accepted as a strong message that Chillaton needed to retain a village/community shop in some form or another.
2. Actions Taken
One of the first actions taken by the group was to re-establish the delivery of newspapers and, after several enquiries, the owners of the Mary Tavy shop offered to deliver pre-paid papers to a distribution point in Chillaton. That distribution point is a small cabinet by the entrance to Chillaton Garage and the group offers many thanks to Phil, the garage owner, for donating this space. If anyone reading this notice wishes to take advantage of this service, they should contact Mary Tavy Post Office directly (T: 810422) noting that a delivery service fee is charged and monthly pre-payment is required.
Another step to restoring the lost facilities is the good news that a part-time Post Office service is planned to open soon in Graham's garage (by the pub car park).
3. Recent Progress
Within the last 2 months, the ad-hoc group recognised that it need to adopt a more formal approach so that it could act as representatives of the community when dealing with public organisations. In early May, the group agreed a formal constitution which created the roles of a chair (Bridget Passmore) and secretary (Jim Wilkinson). The group, called the Chillaton Community Hub, will operate under the constitution and create reports for public viewing (this is the first such report).
Since the group formalisation, there have been two meetings and these have involved contacts with the Plunkett organisation (an organisation which specialises in helping community groups open local shops) and Dawn Eckert representing the Community Council of Devon who can access avenues of support at the county level. Progress continues with both parties.
4. What is our aim?
We aim to continue pursuing the aim of re-establishing a village shop, as we believe that if this can be achieved, it will serve the community in the best possible way. The path will not be short since so much has to be done, involving as it does, many avenues to explore and resources to locate. Our vision is to open a community hub, including a shop with full-time Post Office services and a meeting area with refreshments for small social gatherings.
5. Who are we?
The Chillaton Community Hub Steering Group comprises Bridget Passmore (chair), Colin Dunn, Ray Brewer, Jim Wilkinson (secretary), John Nolan, Peter Gallie and Leslie Bickle.
The group is entirely voluntary and welcomes new members. If you are interested in taking an active role in our activity please contact the chair or secretary either in person or using the contact details below.
If you have any questions, comments or advice regarding the work of the group, please contact either:
• Bridget Passmore (T: 01822 860463, E: email@example.com) or,
• Jim Wilkinson (T: 01822 860261, E: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(or directly contact any of the group members as needed).
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