Debbie has always been a supporter of the Community Stores. For the last 6 months last support has been very practical as she has taken on organising the volunteers rota. with the shop currently open from 7-30 to 1pm Monday to Saturday and 7.30 to 10.00 on Sunday, that means that 22 volunteer slots need to be filled.
When the shop moves this number will at least double, so there is a concerted attempt to recruit and train more volunteers. The date for this is looming as it is hoped to complete on the purchase on the 23rd May with then some time for refurbishment. It is also hoped to be able to offer volunteering opportunities for people with learning difficulties and Debbie is liaising with County Council Officers to make this happen.
Debbie said " You take it quite personally to ensure that the shop stays open, we have some fantastic volunteers, some of whom do regular slots and others who brilliantly fill in the gaps. I am really enjoying doing the rota, it can be stressful but everyone is so good at filling in. It is onward and upward"
Anyone wanting to volunteer for a couple of hours each week can contact Debbie.
If you can offer to help please let Debbie know
Debbie said " I was amazed as I handed out leaflets how far people had come to visit the farmers market today, which is great news for our local economy. I was also delighted how many people wanted to help"
Debbie said " This is a great opportunity for parishioners to have their say about development, rather than predatory developers imposing on the parish"
Debbie pictured here with Gavin Bastyan, Head of Gloucester Services, has been a keen supporter of local produce, having organised the opportunity for people to sample local producers at Frampton Country Fair with Neil Carmichael, and again with Neil organise Gloucestershire goes to Westminster.
Producers who want the opportunity to have their products stocked on the Farm Shop or used in the cafes should contact Gavin on
firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know what they can offer.
Debbie said "I am really pleased to be able to help our local producers in this way. It is a fantastic opportunity for people to promote themselves and our fabulous produce"
Having worked on the Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering Debbie was very pleased to see numerous employers from this sector getting young people involved and interested.
Debbie said " It was great to meet up again with companies I have worked with in the past on the Festival and Jobs Fairs such as NKS. They take on local people to work locally to ensure that the kitchens they fit as of the highest standard. They also operate a fantastic apprenticeship scheme"
Debbie attended a meeting today to discuss the agenda for the first meeting on the 6th November at Chalford Village Hall which she will chair. All are welcome to the meeting starting at 7pm
Debbie said "This is the first month that I have had the opportunity to visit the Fayre, and I so amazed at the quality of the products particularly the sewing and crafts. It is well worth a visit"
Debbie said "There are some amazing local artisans here making wired work, mosaics and a photography studio, this is becoming a real artists centre and then there is Lavender Bakehouse opposite to provide fabulous teas and cakes