Village Shop Up For National Award
7:16am 5th June 2014
As the saying goes, good things come in small packages, and that's ringing true for a village shop in West Dorset.
Broadwindsor community stores has been shortlisted for a "better services" award in a national competition.
The store, mainly run by volunteers, opened just over a year ago in the old telephone exchange after the village's only shop was closed, 2 years earlier (2011).
Fraser Hughes, chairman of Broadwindsor and District Community Enterprise, which runs the stores, said: "It's terrific for our shop to make the shortlist of this national competition.
"Plunkett - competition organisers - are the absolute experts in this field and their decision to place us in the final three is an honour in itself.
"Competition in the final is very stiff and we have some worthy opponents. But it just shows how everyone in our community has pulled together to make us the success we are.
"So, thanks to the committee, shop staff, volunteers and, of course, customers for their support."
The awards were launched this year with the aim of commending committed teams of people who work together to deliver vital services to their community.
Plunkett supports rural communities in setting up and running shops, pubs, food enterprises and other co-operatives.