Community shop seeks new manager

James Heappey visits Brent Knoll Emergency Shop on June 26 2020.

James Heappey visits Brent Knoll Emergency Shop on June 26 2020. - Credit: Brent Knoll Community Shop

A village store which opened within 10 days of the first national lockdown is seeking to appoint a paid manager. 

Created as a community venture, Brent Knoll Community Shop opened in April in response to the closure of the village shop and Post Office and the announcement of coronavirus lockdown in March. 

MORE: Emergency shop opening to provide store essentials for villagers during lockdown

Since then, the shop has been run by a small steering group and 20 volunteers and provides essential products and services to the village. 

With plans to extend opening hours, currently 8.30am to noon every day of the week, and expand products, the shop is now seeking to recruit its first paid employee, a part-time manager. 

Brent Knoll village shop closed on March 1 2020.

Brent Knoll village shop closed on March 1 2020. - Credit: Google Street View

Secretary of Brent Knoll Community Shop Limited, David Sturgess, said: “We opened within 10 days of lockdown to ensure our villagers, who have no bus services, could access essential items, as well as provide social opportunities, like monthly coffee mornings, special events and such features as buskers to entertain our socially-distancing queues.” 

Applicants should to send their CV to the group’s chairman, Dr Niall Moore, at drniallmoore@aol.com by February 8. 

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