Bratton Fleming Village Stores is settling into its new home thanks to a huge effort from the community.
The portable building has been placed on land at the Millennium Green in the village and the shop is now up and running under proprietors Liz Hawkins and Nikkie Catmore.
The old shop was part of a cottage facing re-development so the village decided to create a new facility to replace it.
Local district councillor Malcolm Prowse led the project on behalf of Bratton Fleming Parish Council to obtain permission and buy a purpose-built building to meet the community’s needs.
It was bought by the parish council at a cost of £34,000 and water, drains and electricity connected. The costs were met by a community benefit receipt from the Cape Solar Farm on Bratton Down and Bratton Fleming Composting Group.
The new site has parking as well as an outdoor seating area where customers can enjoy a coffee or even an alcoholic drink – the new shop has an off-licence and a licence to sell by the measure – while enjoying the view.
Local people volunteered to help connect all the necessary services and level the site, while local specialist haulier Nick Sampson collected the building from Hull and brought it back to Bratton Fleming.
His huge crane placed the building on the new site and now a new kitchen has been fitted and landscaping works are underway – all undertaken by volunteers.
Mr Prowse said: “The village has a reputation of pulling together to do things – so many in the community helped make this happen.
“If we hadn’t taken this action it is likely that Bratton would have lost its shop. This new building is more than just a shop – it is the focal point for the whole area.”
The shop will be open 7am-7pm Monday to Saturday and 9am-noon on Sunday, but open later in the summer months.
Liz Hawkins told the Gazette: “We are all settled in and everything is up and running smoothly.
“It’s lovely, it’s very clean and bright, we have a beautiful view and a little café section at the end of the shop and on a nice day its beautiful. A big thank you to the parish council and the composting group.”