Prince Charles to open community store

Photo of village shop

Prince Charles will visit the Community-owned shop near Stroud

Residents in Gloucestershire who raised £50,000 to save their village shop are to be rewarded with a visit from the Prince of Wales.

Prince Charles will meet villagers in Uley, near Stroud, who have used the funds to reopen their shop as a community enterprise.

The store became community-owned when former owners Joy and Dave Gaynton retired in July 2012. Villagers set up a committee to raise funds and their efforts raised £47,540 in community shares.

A further £2,080 was raised through donations to purchase the shop, which has been trading successfully ever since.

Uley Community Stores has received support from the Plunkett Foundation, which supports the development of community-owned village shops across the country. Figures released by the foundation show that there are now 303 community-owned shops in the UK.

Peter Randall, shop committee chairman, said: “We are delighted to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to formally open our village shop and celebrate its ongoing success.
“It has been a wonderful project which has brought together over 400 people, whether they are volunteers, shareholders, decorators, plumbers, electricians, lawyers; everyone from the village has worked together to make it a success.”