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New lease of life for Lythe Stores

Judith Benson, Claire Churley, Pete Trott and Pam Thomas, volunteers for Lythe Stores


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Judith Benson, Claire Churley, Pete Trott and Pam Thomas, volunteers for Lythe Stores w141315

 

Plans to turn a vacant village shop into a community venture are progressing well thanks to the efforts of a group of local volunteers.

Lythe Stores closed in December but Lythe Community Shop Ltd hope to take on the premises’ lease from the beginning of next month and be open for business in May.

Spokesperson Clare Churley said: “The community shop project is progressing well thanks to the efforts of a loyal band of volunteers.

“There’s a lot of work to do to get the shop into a usable state but we hope to open in May.

“Things are starting to come together, the Post Office are on board now and I certainly feel we are heading in the right direction.”

At a meeting held last week plans were finalised that saw the group of become legally constituted and apply to become an Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) for the benefit of the community.

Ms Churley added: “As an IPS we are a type of co-operative and are being sponsored by The Plunkett Society who are a national organisation that support rural community not-for-profit ventures.

“We hope that lots of local residents from Lythe and surrounding villages will become members of our community shop and help steer it and support it over the coming years.”

 

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