May News from Fittleworth Council

Fittleworth Shop and playground artist impression

Shop Update

From the Village Shop Committee

There is a detailed schedule of works for the shop and playground build and the fit out of the shop. Overall its about a 6 month process so we are working towards the grand opening in October.

Our builders will not be using the Village Hall car park to access the site or store equipment. For safety reasons we have had to remove the existing playground and close off that area of the recreation ground for the duration of the build. We know the children will miss having their play space over the summer but we are sure that the new playground and youth area – which will open at the same time as the shop and café in the autumn – will more than make up for it.

If you do have any questions or concerns about any aspect of the building works please contact Mick Foote (01798 865156/07774 962036)


Whilst the opening of the shop and café might be a little way off still we are busy planning and organising for the launch.  Volunteers will be crucial to the success of our shop and café.  Here are a few facts about volunteering for you: You only need to commit to 2 hours per week! If you want to do more that’s great too but 2 hours a week would be just fine.

Volunteering will fit around your other commitments. We are asking people to let us know what time slots would suit them best to volunteer.

You don’t need to worry if you can’t make your shift one week. We will sort it all out for you!  If you can’t make a shift because you are ill, have other commitments or are away on holiday you don’t need to find a replacement for your shift – just let us know and we will do the rest

It should be fun. The most important task will be being friendly and welcoming to our customers and visitors. Full training will be provided.

You won’t be left on your own. The paid manager or assistant manager will be in charge and volunteers won’t be left on their own without supervision.

Not too keen on dealing with all those tricky customers? There are plenty of other roles you could volunteer for behind the scenes. How about helping out with keeping our shop and café sparkling clean, going to pick up supplies from the cash and carry or driving customers to the shop who don’t have their own transport?

We have put up a full information sheet about volunteering on the community shop page of the village website together with an application form.



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