NEWS AND EVENTS

MARCH 2020

AGM - 11.03.20 8PM

Lower Broadheath Community Shop will be holding our Annual General Meeting at 8pm on Wednesday 11th March in Lower Broadheath Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to come along and hear an update on how the new shop is doing, and shareholders will be able to have their say by electing the new management committee. We look forward to seeing you there!

DECEMBER 2019

HUSSINGTREE GIN TASTING - 06.12.19 4PM - 6PM @ THE COMMUNITY SHOP

Due to the popularity of our last local gin tasting session we are holding another event in December - just in time for Christmas! Come along and sample our wonderful range of local Worcestershire gins produced by Hussingtree Gin! Each distilled gin is inspired by the produce of Worcestershire, including their famous Asparagus Gin, winner of The Gin Masters Spirits Business Silver Medal Award 2019. The tasting will be held right in The Community Shop where all the flavours of gin are available for purchase.
We look forward to seeing you there and we hope you have a gin-credible time!

OCTOBER 2019

VILLAGE MEETING - 16.10.19 8PM

Our next open village meeting will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 16th October at Lower Broadheath Village Hall. Please come along to hear how the community shop has been getting on since opening earlier this year, to keep up to date with the latest news and find out how you can get involved! Everyone is welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!

JUNE 2019

VILLAGE MEETING - 19.06.19 8PM

Our next open village meeting will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 19th June at Lower Broadheath Village Hall. Please come along to hear how the community shop has been getting on since opening earlier this year, to keep up to date with the latest news and find out how you can get involved! Everyone is welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!

GRAND OPENING - 07.06.19

On Friday 7th June the Community Shop held its official Grand Opening event! We were joined by Simon Townsend, CEO of Ei Group, John Longden, CEO of Pub Is The Hub, representatives from The Post Office and The Plunkett Foundation, as well as our local MP Harriett Baldwin who cut the ribbon! A big thank you to Ian and Lyndsey at The Bell Inn for providing such a wonderful spread and to all our volunteers who came out in the rain to show their support.

MARCH 2019

AGM - 13.03.19 8PM

Lower Broadheath Community Shop will be holding our Annual General Meeting at 8pm on Wednesday 13th March in Lower Broadheath Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to come along and hear an update on how the new shop is doing, and shareholders will be able to have their say by electing the new management committee. We look forward to seeing you there!

FEBRUARY 2019

OPEN FOR BUSINESS! - 04.02.19

Lower Broadheath Community Shop will officially be open for business on Monday 4th February 2019! The shop will be open 8am-6pm Monday-Friday, 8.30am-12.30am Saturday and 8.30am-10.30am Sunday. The Post Office will be open 10am-3pm weekdays as well as 10.30am-12pm on Saturdays. If you'd like to volunteer any time in the shop please send us an email to info@lowerbroadheathshop.com

NOVEMBER 2018

VILLAGE MEETING - 14.11.18 8PM

Our next open village meeting will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 14th November at Lower Broadheath Village Hall. Please come along to hear how we got on with our supplier showcase and volunteer evenings, to keep up to date with the latest news and find out how you can get involved! Everyone is welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!

SEPTEMBER 2018

SUPPLIER SHOWCASE - 19.09.18 8PM

The Community Shop Supplier Showcase will be taking place at 8pm on Wednesday 19th September at the Lower Broadheath Village Hall. This will be a chance to meet local producers and to sample some of the products that will be stocked in the new shop. Its also a chance to get an update on how the project is progressing and to have your say.  If you are a local supplier and you have a product you think would be suitable for the shop please send us an email to find out how you can be involved in the showcase.

VOLUNTEER EVENING - 12.09.18 7.30PM

Whether you have already let us know you want to volunteer or not, come along to this event to find out more and have your questions answered. To make this project work we need around 60-70 volunteers. ANY time you can give will make a difference. We need shop staff but also people with other skills, come along if you think you can help in any way!

JULY 2018

£39,860 RAISED FROM SHARE SALE!

All the share sales have been added up and we are absolutely thrilled to announce the total amount raised - £39,860! We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our share sale and helped us to surpass our £25k target. In addition to this money raised by the community we were also awarded 2 grants of £10,000 each from The National Lottery Awards for All and The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation which has officially put us in a position to be able to begin phase 2 of the shop project!

VILLAGE MEETING - 18.07.18 8PM

Our next open village meeting will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 18th July at Lower Broadheath Village Hall. Please come along to hear how we got on with our share sale, to keep up to date with the latest news and find out how you can get involved! We will also be looking at phase 2 of the project, and what the next steps will be. Everyone is welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!

SHARE SALE £25K TARGET REACHED!

We are delighted to announce we have reached our share sale target of £25,000! A huge thank you to all who have bought shares and shown support. We are still adding up sales but will announce the total amount raised at the next village meeting update on 18th July,

JUNE 2018

SATURDAY 23 JUNE - 9AM-12PM

This is your last chance for help buying your shares before our share sale closes on June 30th! We will have a couple of members of the Management Committee available in the Village Hall from 9am - 12pm on Saturdays 19th and 26th May to answer your questions and help you buy your shares. Shares cost £10 each and payments can be made by cash, cheque or BACS.

MAY 2018

SATURDAY 19/05, 26/05 - 9AM-12PM

We will have a couple of members of the Management Committee available in the Village Hall from 9am - 12pm on Saturdays 19th and 26th May to answer your questions and help you buy your shares. Payments can be made by cash, cheque or BACS.

SHARE LAUNCH! - 16.05.18 8PM

You are invited to our Official Share Launch at 8pm on Wednesday 16th May at Lower Broadheath Village Hall! Come along for an update on the project, to have your questions answered and to buy your shares! Shares costs £10 each and payments can be made by cash, cheque or BACS. The Share Sale will only run for a limited time so make sure you get in quickly if you want to become a member and have a say in how your Community Shop is run! For anyone unable to attend the Wednesday launch we will also be selling shares from 9am-12pm on Saturday 19th May at the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!

MARCH 2018

THE BIG QUIZ RETURNS! - 23.03.18 8PM

Due to the huge success of The Big Quiz in January, Lower Broadheath Community Shop are excited to announce we are holding another quiz night on Friday 23rd March, 8pm at The Bell Inn. This event was a sell out last time so make sure you get your tickets early to avoid missing out! Tickets are available from the bar, £10 per team and teams can have up to 6 members. Come along for a night of fun, help us raise some money and support your local shop. We look forward to seeing you there!

VILLAGE MEETING - 21.03.18 8PM

Our next open village meeting will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 21st March at Lower Broadheath Village Hall. Please come along to keep up to date with the latest news and find out how you can get involved! Everyone is welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!

COMMITTEE MEETS WITH LOCAL MP

The committee met with local MP Harriett Baldwin and representatives from The Post Office to discuss plans to bring a Post Office back to Lower Broadheath. We now need to be able to demonstrate that we have at least 10-12 volunteers willing to work a couple of hours a week in the Post Office, no experience is necessary as full training will be provided and there's no long term commitment. If you'd like more information please send us an email today! You can read what Harriett Baldwin had to say here.

JANUARY 2018

VILLAGE MEETING - 17.01.18 8PM

We held our open village meeting on Wednesday 17th January with over 50 people attending and a further 12 sending apologies. We took this opportunity to show a PowerPoint presentation updating everyone on our progress so far and to go into further details regarding our application to the Community Share Booster Scheme. This scheme offer to match-fund any money raised through the sale of shares, meaning that if our application is successful we could potentially DOUBLE the amount of money we raise with our Share Offer! Unfortunately this meant we had to delay our share offer launch, but it seemed like far too good an opportunity to miss out on. We are hoping to hear whether we qualify for this additional funding within the next six weeks.

VILLAGE MEETING FOLLOW UP - 20.01.18

Some of the committee were on hand at the village hall between 9am and 12pm on Saturday morning for a follow up from our January 17th village meeting. Those who were unable to make it to the meeting on Wednesday night were able catch up on all the news, as well as fill out our pre-purchase pledge forms. If you are planning to buy shares when our share offer goes lives you can download the pre-purchase pledge form here. Gathering pledges is a great way for us to indicate the amount of support we have when we approach outside sources of funding, and will help with our application for the Community Share Booster Scheme.

QUIZ NIGHT - 12.01.18 8PM AT THE BELL

Our Big Quiz Night was a huge success and we managed to raise £734 for the community shop! The management committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone who was able to come along to support us, and to Ian and Lyndsey at The Bell for hosting the event.

PLANNING APPLICATION APPROVED!

On Thursday 11th January we got some exciting news - our planning application has officially been approved! A huge thank you to all the residents who wrote to the council in support of our application, we now have planning permission until November 2022 for our temporary site at The Bell

NOVEMBER 2017

LOCAL MP OFFERS US HER SUPPORT

West Worcestershire MP Harriet Baldwin has offered her support to our efforts to open up a community run shop here in Lower Broadheath. Mrs Baldwin was an active supporter of the community shop in Alfrick and has offered to support us as we hope to replicate their success. Mrs Baldwin said "I have written to the Post Office’s chief executive, Paula Vennells, reiterating my support for this venture and urging her to offer as much assistance as possible to the local volunteers as they embark on this project."

VILLAGE MEETING - 15.11.17 8PM

We held our open village meeting on November 15th at the Village Hall to update everyone on what we'd been up to over the last couple of months.  We also answered some questions regarding the share offer that will be launched in January and handed out some leaflets with more information.  Our raffle was a success and raised almost £50. We look forward to seeing you all again in January!

VILLAGE MEETING - 15.11.17 8PM

We held our open village meeting on November 15th at the Village Hall to update everyone on what we'd been up to over the last couple of months.  We also answered some questions regarding the share offer that will be launched in January and handed out some leaflets with more information.  Our raffle was a success and raised almost £50. We look forward to seeing you all again in January!

HOT OFF THE PRESS!

Lower Broadheath Community Shop has been featured in a range of local newspapers and publications this month. You can read articles about us in Worcestershire Now, All About Worcester, The Malvern Observer, The Worcester News and The Malvern Gazette.  Let us know if you spot stories about us anywhere else!

OCTOBER 2017

VOLUNTEERS EVENING - 18.10.17 7.30PM

On the 18th October we hosted a volunteers evening at the Lower Broadheath Village Hall for anyone who had expressed an interest in becoming a volunteer.  Over 30 people attended this fun and informal evening, including the Chairman of the Alfrick Community Shop Committee, Alan Soper, who was able to provide some valuable information about volunteering in a community shop. If you missed this event but are interested in becoming a volunteer please email volunteers@lowerbroadheathshop.com

FCA APPROVAL - 13.10.17

We were excited to hear back from the Financial Conduct Authority letting us know that Lower Broadheath Community Shop Ltd is now officially registered as a Community Benefit Society - Registered Number 7645

OUR NEW WEBSITE IS NOW LIVE!

We would like to welcome you to our brand new website which launched in September!  You can stay up to date on the progress of the new shop, as well as find out how you can get involved. We'd love to hear what you think as our website continues to grow!

SEPTEMBER 2017

VILLAGE MEETING - 13.09.17 8PM

We were very lucky to be joined by our Plunkett adviser Chris who gave a fabulous presentation about his community shop in Bretforton. We discussed drafting a formal planning application and incorporating into a Community Benefit Society. Decisions made were minimum age of shareholders (proposed 16 years) maximum number of committee members (proposed 8) and the share price (proposed £10)

MOBILE POST OFFICE - MONDAY 8.30AM

A mobile Post Office service has been set up to run in the car park on The Bell Inn for an hour a week until our new shop is ready to open.  The Post Office is open 8.30am - 9.30am every Monday until further notice

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