Combe Martin has not taken the closure of its RSPCA shop lying down and has reopened the premises as a new Community Shop.

Volunteer Betty Edwards officially opens the new Combe Martin Community Shop as Carole Parsons and Wendy Finch look on.Volunteer Betty Edwards officially opens the new Combe Martin Community Shop as Carole Parsons and Wendy Finch look on.

Back in October the RSPCA closed its Combe Martin shop at the seaside, so some of the villagers got together, took on the lease, completely refurbished it and on Saturday the Combe Martin Community Shop opened its doors for the first time.

It will sell a wide range of clothing, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs and toys, all donated by local people.

All the original RSPCA volunteers plus 15 new ones will run the shop.

It was officially opened on Saturday by Betty Edwards, who was the senior volunteer and will continue to work at the new shop.

The new Combe Martin Community ShopThe new Combe Martin Community Shop

When all refurbishment costs have been repaid any profits will go towards village organisations and clubs.

Carole Parsons, who volunteered at the shop for more than 10 years, was asked to set up and manage the new venture.

She said: “Support from the village has been tremendous and we look forward to Combe Martin Community Shop being part of village life for many years to come.”

Volunteers Carole Parsons, Betty Edwards, Jennie Frost and Wendy Finch at the new Combe Martin Community Shop.Volunteers Carole Parsons, Betty Edwards, Jennie Frost and Wendy Finch at the new Combe Martin Community Shop.