A New Location For Antrobus Community Shop And Tea Room
Villagers in Antrobus have transformed an old static caravan to a new community shop and tea room after the old village shop had to close.
By: Antrobus Village Hall
With the village shop being the heart of the Antrobus community, villagers needed to think of a solution and fast.
As Karen Peploe, villager and member of the Antrobus Village Hall committee said:
"Our village shop has always been a central meeting place for all. In fact many a problem has been talked through in our little shop and many of our children had their first work experience there - not to mention those of us who have sent our husbands on a mercy mission for that urgent pack of flour or packet of butter when half way through a recipe we realise that the cupboard is bare!
There was no way we could allow this valuable part of our village life to end, so a meeting was called in the village school and a steering group was formed".
The outcome is that villagers bought an old static caravan and sited it on the soakaway at the end of the Antrobus Village Hall car park.
For the past few weeks a team of hard workers have been transforming it. Each day there have been local residents including farmers, electricians and plumbers all donating their time and skills, either learnt or new found. There has been an endless supply of tea makers popping in to keep the troops happy as well as an endless supply of homemade cakes.
As Karen said "This has been an absolutely superb show of how community life can make things happen. As well as a Community Shop we will be having a Tea Room which will be a great meeting place for villagers and their visitors to congregate in. We have the large village field and playground alongside the static caravan, so it will be perfect for the young and not so young, as we will be serving an array of homemade cakes, tea, coffee and cold drinks".
The Shop and Tea Room will be opening early in September. - opening times and more information to be announced very soon.
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