A COMMUNITY project by the people of St. Giles-on-the-Heath has seen the opening of a new village shop and outreach post office. At its official opening ceremony, district councillor Marion Perkin presented them with a £1,000 donation as part of the Torri

A COMMUNITY project by the people of St. Giles-on-the-Heath has seen the opening of a new village shop and outreach post office.At its official opening ceremony, district councillor Marion Perkin presented them with a £1,000 donation as part of the Torridge Councillor Grant Scheme.Six months ago the first public meeting was held to explore ways of saving the village shop, following the announcement from Post Office Limited that its post office counter was to close, putting the shop's sustainability into doubt. Members of the community rallied around the Coronation Hall Committee, led by councillor Ken Hamlyn, who was instrumental in the rescue project. A new location was found, fund raising began in earnest and volunteers prepared the site for a 40ft by 12ft portable building, which has become the new shop's home.Ken Carroll, the Chilsworthy Postmaster and local architect, who helped with the plans for the building, officially opened the Kabin Shop and Post Office in front of more than 50 well-wishers.Cllr Perkin said: "I should like to commend this community spirit with so many private donations and many hours of voluntary work to prepare the site for installation of the new community shop. It gives me great pleasure to be able to help with this £1,000 donation." There was one word of caution from Cllr Hamlyn. "Without the continued support of our community, the shop will not be financially viable. I urge you to use it or lose it!" he said.