Please Support Your Community Shop

There are many ways in which you can help your community shop thrive, prosper and continue to be a focal point of village life. The three key ways to help are:

Use The Store

Purchasing just a few goods every week is the most important thing you can do.  It will help the shop survive. Everyone has busy lives and we are realistic to understand that most working families will probably purchase their main weekly/monthly shopping at a large supermarket. However, when we do open, please try and make a point of visiting the store on a regular basis to purchase your top up and specialty products.

Buy A Share

Please help by requesting a Share Application Form from the shop on ‭01283 821248. Alternatively, click the button at the bottom of this column to download a form electronically. The shares cost £20 each and are limited to one share per person. Please return the forms to the shop. The shop will operate under the Industrial and Provident Society Acts. Shareholders liability is limited but your share cannot either be sold or redeemed. Alternatively you can email and an application form will be sent to you by return. Remember, Shareholders do not have to live in the village to care about the shop!
Shareholders form Dec 2018.pages
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Volunteer Your Services

50-50 Club

Would you like to find out more about volunteering?

We’re so proud of our village community shop. It started in early 2010 when a small group of villagers were determined to keep a shop open in the village, after the post office had closed. They called a village meeting in March and were amazed at the number who came and the passion to keep the shop in the village, so the shop reopened in November that year, supported by financial contributions from over 200 shareholders. It plays a key role in the community of Marchington and Marchington Woodlands by providing a local convenience store for villagers and visitors to buy essentials, cards, wine, tickets for local events and fresh local produce.
9 years on, we’re open 7 days a week and it’s all run by volunteers and two part-time shop managers. Our volunteers say they get many benefits from working in the shop and now we have additional opportunities for more volunteers – would you like to join the team?

What our volunteers say about the benefits of working in the shop…
- Meeting lots of people and making new friends
- Learning new skills
- Building confidence
- Getting a feeling of helping the success of the shop
- Sense of purpose and belonging in the community
- Ability to catch up on the village news!
- Sense of camaraderie

If you would like to volunteer, why don’t you come in for a taster shift? No commitment. If you’d like to continue, we’ll train you up, you’ll be buddied up with one of our managers or a fellow volunteer.  You’ll always be working with someone and you’ll be fully supported every time you come in.  
With regard to time commitments, we’re completely flexible about how often our volunteers work in the shop. Many volunteers work in the shop two hours a week, others support a couple of times a month and some of our volunteers cover the occasional shifts to suit their lifestyle.

To organise a taster session, pop in or call the shop on (01283) 821248 or speak to one of our volunteers.
The shop has a ‘50/50’ Club for people who wish to support the shop, and to have an opportunity of winning cash prizes throughout the year. Contributions are made via a Standing Order of £5, on a monthly basis.(the standing order form can be downloaded at the bottom of this text) A draw, is made once a quarter, when half of the proceeds will be awarded as cash prizes.  
The Standing Order Instruction should be completed and sent to your bank. Please also let one of us know, in person that you are joining the Club, or by email to
This scheme is registered as an ESBC Small Society Lottery, number SL0306. 
50-50 Standing Order052.pdf
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