A £100,000 project to refurbish a popular village shop has been completed thanks to a series of generous donations, grants and loans.
It has been almost seven years since the peak district villagers pulled together to take over the shop and protect its long-term future.
Now, following a lengthy refurbishment programme, the shop boasts a bigger retail area, a staff toilet and food and order preparation area. It’s also the new home of the village post office.
As well as an impressive £350,000 turnover, Winster shop employs a full-time manager- and six part-time assistants. The team is also supported by a host of enthusiastic volunteers from the village.
But none of it would have been possible without donations and interest-free loans from the local people.
The project has also benefited from grants and loans from The Adventure Capital Fund and £10,000 EU funding from the LEADER Fund, administered by the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership.
Chairman of the Winster Village Shop (WVS) board of directors, Rod Shiers said: “This has been a hugely successful project to ensure the future of a very valuable village asset.
“It is good for the local economy and good for local employment too.
“We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the generous support of people living in the village and the grants and loans awarded to us by a number of funding organisations.
“The success of the business is down to the hard work of our staff and volunteers and importantly- the people who shop with us.”
Deputy Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Cllr Simon Spencer said: “This is an excellent example of a community-led initiative which is proving very good for the village, the local economy and for local employment opportunities.
“All those involved have made a great job of the refurbishment and have created a warm, inviting shop environment.
“The success of the project is down to the many hours put in by village volunteers supported by generous donations, grants and loans. It just shows what can be achieved when the public, private and voluntary sectors work together.”