Village owned and village run for everyone
The Well House, in which the shop and Post Office are located was originally built by private donations to provide the village with a water tank back in 1897. The shop was bought by the community in January 2009. Over two hundred people locally own shares in the Sparsholt Village Shop Association.
How we are run and managed
Just as the shop is owned by the village, so it is run and managed by people from the village. The day to day running of the shop is in the hands of Janette Davies, the Shop Manager and the Post Office is run by Fiona Beckett the Post Mistress.
The Shop Committee
The Shop Committee has responsibility for the overall management of the shop, the way it works and its finances. The Committee currently has 6 members and meets regularly. Individual committee members are also involved in supporting Janette or helping to run events. There is also an Operations Committee that meets more frequently to discuss and plan in a more detailed way.
If you'd like to be involved in this committee, please get in touch with Alastair at email@example.com
Annual General Meeting
We hold an Annual General Meeting every year to report to all shareholders, and the village more generally, on how things are going. Everyone and anyone is welcome to attend and we try to give as much notice in advance of the day.
Get in touch with the Committee
Your primary point of contact is the current Committee Chairman, Alastair Barron. You can reach him on 01962 886884 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can raise any suggestions, questions, ideas or concerns to the shop staff.
Join us as a volunteer
We always welcome new volunteers and it's an ideal way to meet new people and make new friends whilst contributing to the success of a very special part of our village community. It's thanks to our enthusiastic and supportive volunteers that we can open the shop each day.
It's not just working behind the counter, we also need event organisers and fund-raisers, people who like baking, and people to pick up goods either from the cash and carry or from local suppliers. Also those who like to investigate new product lines or to help with how we organise the shop.
To join us and volunteer your services, pop into the shop or contact Janette at email@example.com
Join us as a shareholder
There is always the opportunity to become a member of the Village Shop Association. As an Industrial Provident Society it's run primarily to provide services for the benefit of the local community, with any profits being ploughed back into the organisation, rather than being distributed to members.
All support from new members is very much appreciated. You can purchase a share for £25. A member can only hold one share and the share carries no right to interest, dividends or bonuses.
To become a member call into the shop or contact Janette at firstname.lastname@example.org
Receive the latest news
We write a short monthly email to keep everyone up to date with the latest shop and Post Office news. To register for the newsletter send an email to Rachel at email@example.com