Updates from Fittleworth Stores

Fittleworth Shop and playground artist impression

The build commences today!

Agincourt Contractors Ltd, will be starting the works for the shop and playground on Monday 26 March. It has been a long wait for everyone whilst we gathered together the necessary funding so it’s hard to believe that the shop and café (and new playground) will soon be a reality.

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

New homes for play equipment

After a social media campaign that went viral alarmingly quickly (we even fielded calls from as far afield as Birmingham from those interested in the equipment!) new homes have been found for all the items. Some will be going to Fittleworth Village School and the rest is divided between another community playground, a home education centre and to some individuals caring for children with disabilities. If you would like to see details of the new children’s playground that will be built there are some slides on the community shop page of the village website showing the equipment to be installed.

Drainage works on School Lane

In early April (during the school holidays) some much needed drainage works are being carried out on School Lane and there will be traffic lights in operation for a short period. Please note this is nothing to do with the shop and café project! This work is being carried out under the supervision of the Parish Council.

Shopping at Tesco?

If you have been shopping in Tesco recently you will have seen that our new playground is one of the community projects that you can vote for in store with your blue token. The Pulborough, Billingshurst and Storrington Stores are all participating. Please do remember to pick up a token and vote for us. The project with the most votes will receive a £4,000 grant from Tesco, the second place project will receive £2,000 and the project in third place, £1,000. We are currently in third place so please get shopping and voting! Any extra funds all make a difference to the project.

Volunteering

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 (www.fittleworth-pc.org.uk/fittleworth-community-shop), together with an application form.

What have the Shop Committee been up to this month?

Here are the highlights of some of the activities the Shop Committee have been up to this month.

  • Been meeting our builders and architect to finalise all the fine detail of the build and safety and operation of the site.
  • Looked at the layout of the shop and café in detail. We are now close to a final design with our chosen supplier for the shelving and counter space for the shop which we will share with you next month. In addition we have been looking at finishes and colour schemes.
  • Contacted those who initially indicated on their shop surveys that they would be interested in volunteering. Please do come forward – your shop needs you!
  • Spruced up for the cameras (again!). We had a photo shoot with Councillor Eilenn Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council, to publicise the CDC grants awarded to the shop and playground projects
  • Visited our friends at Milland Stores (again!). We have been well supported by many other local community shops who are all willing to offer their time and information to newbies such as ourselves. We spent a useful morning at Milland discussing the sourcing of stock and café offerings.

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