Thursday, 22 August 2013

Community shops

Good to visit Itteringham Village Shop this morning. It's just 15 miles from Norwich and 11 miles from Cromer. It's a great example of a community shop, and in fact was the first winner of the Community Shop Awards organised by the Plunkett Foundation which exists to support rural communities though community ownership and advice.

We were served by a very warm and helpful older man. In the tiny corner of the shop we were able to enjoy coffee and croissants and the dinky little Post Office in another corner, was open. There was a thoughtful  collection of stock, from fresh meat and veg (all sourced from maximum of 30 mile radius), dental supplies and local beer.

When communities function well how much better it is for everyone. But how can such community be reproduced in our larger towns and cities.? Perhaps this is where local churches can play their part, and be an example of disparate people working together for the common good.
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