“To create a place where everyone is welcome and can get involved, volunteer their time and socialise while providing the community with the essential services of a shop, café and post office.”
About the Project
Some community members fondly remember when the village had a general stores and hardware shop with delivery rounds from the fishmonger and butcher, sadly, as elsewhere, our local amenities have declined in recent years. Since the closure of Parracombe Stores and Post Office in 2017, Parracombe Community Trust have been working hard to establish a community run enterprise. In the last two years we have developed a detailed business plan, identified the premises, gained planning approval and secured investment match funding and successfully closed a community share offer.
A Community Business
We are a community trust who are accountable to our members and who have a say in running the business
Rooted in our community, run by and working for the residents of Parracombe and surrounding parishes
A business that connects local people to local producers to generate returns that we will reinvest in the community
To build and set up the shop and café we need to raise £145,000. In August we launched a community share offer that closed 19 October 2020. With community investment and match funding investment from the Booster Programme, which is funded by Power to Change, we raised £125,090.
To help towards our goal we have created a Crowdfunding page with the Aviva Community Fund. The fund helps small charities and good causes like ours build stronger communities with fundraising support. This year they have teamed up with Crowdfunder to help organisations like ours raise money using their platform and also connect us with match funding opportunities.
Our minimum target is £2000, we hope to raise up to £5000 from Crowdfunding.