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Bretforton Community Shop story

Our history

It all began when we, like many other villages and rural communities, lost our only shop. Our vision of a new Shop was formed.
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Our story

How Bretforton Community Shop began

When Bretforton Post Office & Shop closed on 27 April 2013, the Parish Council held a meeting to discuss the situation and explore options for the future. There was widespread support for a Community Shop in Bretforton and so a steering committee was formed to take this forward.

Our journey

Bretforton Community Shop

Our journey

April 2013

Old shop closes

First time no village shop for 100 years

November 2013

Village meeting

Under the auspices of the Parish Council

Spring 2014


Became a member of the Plunkett Foundation, finalised Business Plan, fundraising starts

Summer 2014


Work commences

Bretforton Community Shop

The journey continues

Autumn 2014


Shop manager starts

Winter 2014


Recruited and trained

Winter 2014

Preparing for opening

Shop fit, ranging, purchase EPoS & card systems & hardware

Soft opening

December 2014

Grand opening

A celebration with villagers, the Silver Band, morris men & Santa!

Bretforton Community Shop grand opening

Bretforton Community Shop was formally opened on Saturday, 13th December 2014. Bretforton asparagus grower Billy Byrd, whose family have lived in the area for seven hundred years, was on hand for the opening ceremony. He was joined by 92 year-old Sid Cleaver, a lifelong Bretforton resident who served as a Spitfire pilot during the war, to jointly cut the ribbon and declare the shop open.

Ahead of the opening, the Shop was blessed by the Rev Richard Court, while a large crowd of Shop members, village residents and supporters were treated to music from Bretforton Silver Band and dancing from Pebworth Morris Men as they enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies.

A photo of Bretforton resident and former Spitfire pilot, 92 year-old Sid Cleaver cutting the ribbon, with Bretforton asparagus grower Billy Byrd looking on A photo of the crowd outside Bretforton Community Shop at the grand opening A photo of Bretforton Silver Band playing outside the Shop A photo of Santa Claus pointing to the Bretforton Community Shop sign outside the Shop A photo of a smiling village resident at the grand opening of Bretforton Community Shop A photo of the Rev Richard Court smiling after blessing the Shop A photo of a large crowd listening to speeches at the opening of Bretforton Community Shop A photo of the Bretforton Community Shop's Chairman making a speech at the opening
A photo of Bretforton Community Shop volunteers posing outside the Shop wearing their volunteer aprons A photo of Pebworth Morris Men dancing at the opening of Bretforton Community Shop A photo of customers talking in the queue to pay for their shopping at Bretforton Community Shop's grand opening A photo of a sign saying "Community Shop open" A photo of a Shop volunteer drinking a glass of mulled wine A photo of the crowd and bunch of balloons at the opening ceremony A photo of residents drinking mulled wine A photo of the Pebworth Morris band playing