Community raising cash to take over voluntary-run shop

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A COUPLE who saved a village shop by taking over the running of it are looking forward to handing the voluntary-run business over to the community.

Liz and Ron Faulkner want to retire and plan on spending the rest of this year gradually letting a team of volunteers take over the Wilstone Village Shop.

They took over the lease in 2009 after the previous owners close it because they couldn’t make money.

Liz and Ron ran it voluntarily with people from the village, who didn’t want to lose their shop.

Liz said: “It has worked out well and there is real community spirit. I shall miss it but we are getting on and want to do other things but it’s quite rewarding to see how successful it has been.”

A group of locals had a meeting about the shop in the village hall on Tuesday, May 1 and formed a team of volunteers who are committed to keeping the business going.

The community of people from Wilstone, Puttenham, Long Marston and Marsworth, who use the shop, will have to raise almost £5,000 to buy the shop lease from the Faulkners.

More volunteers are still needed to run the shop. Currently about 20 people do shifts at the shop, taking on tasks including serving at the counter, ordering stock and cleaning.

Liz said that it has been useful for youngsters in the area, who have learnt retail skills from volunteering.

People who want to volunteer can contact the shop on 01442 891167.