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Mayor attends virtual opening of community shop

15 April 2020 : Council news, Community

The Mayor of Taunton, Cllr Fran Smith, has made her first virtual appearance at the opening of the Wilton and Sherford Community Shop.

The Mayor appeared by video link at the opening in the Churchill Meeting Hall, Middleway, on Easter Monday.

The shop, registered as a Community Interest Company, is being run by volunteers to help local residents with access to basic provisions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was established with a grant of £1,500 from the Charter Trustees for Taunton Unparished Area Grant Fund

A further £1,000 from the Somerset Community Foundation will be used to provide much needed stock.

Cllr Smith said: “This is a much needed local shop in an area with a high number of older members of the population.
It’s wonderful to see people rally round to support each other and those in need during the current crisis, and I was delighted to be able to take part in the official opening while still observing advice on social distancing.”

Wilton and Sherford CIC Director, Natalie Dyson, said: “It really is utterly unbelievable to think what our little team has achieved in under two weeks.

We set up a not for profit Community Interest Company, obtained start-up funding, recruited volunteers, opened a business bank account, appointed accountants, built relationships with stockists, begged and borrowed from all over Taunton and were met with incredible kindness by the people who donated things,

Really I am humbled beyond belief at the amazing skill set we have between us and the camaraderie we have developed. I’d like to give a big shout out to every individual and all the businesses and organisations that have helped to make this happen.”

The shop will provide a convenient local drop-in facility for residents to pick up basic provisions including groceries, household items and toiletries

The volunteers can also arrange to deliver items to the community of Wilton and Sherford which has a high proportion of older members of the population.

All items will be sold on a not for profit basis.