What a fantastic inspiration the villagers of Winster are to other communities.
Years of hard work have gone into saving their village shop and now they are about to enjoy the fruits of their labours.
It wouldn’t have been possible without support from the whole community – whether it was with a loan of funds or sheer hard work.
The newly refurbished shop has provided local jobs and retained a vital cog in rural life – including the Post Office.
It will now be a hub of activity with volunteers working alongside the paid workers – mirroring the story line in the BBC Radio Four’s Archers serial.
It just goes to show what can be done with everyone works together for a common goal.
Wouldn’t it be terrific if other communities could do the same and take over the struggling stores in their midst.
It just takes a few people with the vision and energy to take on the challenge and that’s exactly what Winster had in abundance.
If you are about to embark on such a project let the Mercury know.
Amanda Hatfield, editor