After more than two years of hard work by the PCT shop committee, the Trust are very pleased to launch the fundraising phase for the Pavilion Stores & Café to help make this exciting project a reality. Please read on and watch the short video for an introduction to the project and information about how you can get involved.
Our vision is to create a community enterprise with the essential services of a shop, café and post office. It will be a place where everyone is welcome and can get involved, volunteer their time and socialise.
An introduction to the Pavilion Stores and Café project
Some community members remember when the village had a general stores and hardware shop with delivery rounds from the fishmonger and butcher. Since the closure of Parracombe Stores and Post Office in 2017, PCT have been working hard to establish a community run enterprise. In the last two years we have developed a detailed business plan, identified the premises, gained planning approval and secured investment match funding.
To raise the required funds the Trust have launched a community share offer. We aim to raise a minimum of £80,000 with an optimum target of £144,700. We have secured the support of the Booster Programme, which is funded by Power to Change and run by the Community Shares Unit. Under this programme up to £72,350 is available to match applications for shares from the public. This means that for every pound invested by individuals up to £72,350, another pound will be invested in shares by the Booster Programme.
By getting involved you will be part of a vibrant and much needed community enterprise that will provide quality fresh local food, essential services and a place to meet and socialise. To make it a reality we need your help. We are inviting you to take a stake in the future of our village and by doing so you will not only bring new opportunities and vital services to Parracombe you will also have a say in how the shop is run.