Tealby residents are being asked to attend a meeting about the future of the village shop.
The meeting next Monday evening comes after the village shop received grants and other support from West Lindsey District Council, the London-based CAN social enterprise agency, and the Plunket Foundation, which also supports community enterprises in rural areas.
Bess Scott Gunn, chairman of the Tealby Village Shop Committee, says the shop was already a community shop but it needed some support to survive.
Opened in 2004, the shop, run by a manager and volunteers, also operates an ‘outreach’ Post Office, and is the village tourist information centre and village hub.
“We were floundering somewhat. We have had professional advice, a grant. We were losing it. We desperately needed some help both financially and professionally, every other way with regards to tax and everything,” Bess explained.
“These people have come along, thrown us a lifeline, given us a grant and new equipment. It’s given us a huge lease of life and we are back up and running and in charge again.”
Following the support, the shop will be renamed Tealby Community Shop, with a meeting on Monday June 2 at Tealby Village Hall at 7.30pm, to explain the implications of the changes. Representatives from the Plunket Foundation will also explain their role.
“Basically, we will be informing the village the result of the questionnaire we sent out. Every single reply we have had, has said a village shop is important. We will also be explaining where we go from here and telling people about the grant and what we are spending,” Bess said.
Though the meeting is aimed at Tealby residents, the village shop attracts many customers from outside the area, who enjoy its milk, eggs, vegetables, meat and other locally-produced fare.
“We do get a huge amount of walkers because we are a pretty village on the edge of the wolds. We get many staying here locally as we have many B&Bs and holiday cottages,” Bess added.