The Shop at Bromsberrow opened at the Business Park in Bromsberrow Heath 8 years ago and serves a rural community with a 5 mile radius plus passing customers – it’s very popular with walkers and cyclists. The owners of the previous Shop and Post Office were retiring, so a community group set up to make sure a vital village service was retained. The Shop is a community non-profit organisation, and is run by around 40 volunteers from the local community ( aged 14 to 80+) and two very hard working part time paid staff, including the Shop Manager.
The Shop is more than just a Shop. As well as being a general store, stocking a wide range of products from local and national suppliers, it is also a community hub. There’s a part time post office, dry cleaning, hardware, gifts, plants, newspapers and delivery services for people in the area who are unable to travel. The Shop also has a cafe and runs events. During Covid, these were put on hold, but the Shop was aware of many people in the local community who were lonely and also some who were needing help with meals. The Community Meals service was born out of this, and since November, the Shop has been making and delivering around 50 meals once a fortnight for people within a 5 mile radius of the Shop.
The Helping Hand donation has enabled the Shop to completely refit its functional but worn out kitchen so it can continue and expand its cafe and meals service to the local community.