We have been successfully trading since November 2008. The shop was set up to give the profits back to the community. Since we have been open we have given £86k to the Barford Community Charity to date. The general history of Barford Community Charity is that it was set up at the same time as the shop and actively helped the shop fund-raising, contributing £21k from village donations. Since then it has acted to support community projects when other sources of funding have been exhausted – to make the funds stretch further.
As a result, the charity has supported the King George`s playing fields £62k, Sherbourne street lighting £3.5k, school computers £1.5k, flagpole for the village green to commemorate the Queen`s Golden Jubilee of £622, church chairs £2k, FABS £2k for a piano for the school and disabled access for the church £170.
Every year the shop donates a Christmas tree for the village green. We have funded a finger post sign to go at the mini roundabout in the village pointing to St Peter`s Church, The School, The Memorial Hall, The Shop and other local facilities.
We funded the new finger post at the mini roundabout.
We have just part funded the soft surface around the play equipment outside the shop.