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A great musical evening at the school on 29th March 2008 - thanks to Annie Cooper for organising and for all the bands and performers!

Please click on photo album for some pics!



July 2006: The committee would like to be able to stock a selection of local crafts in the shop. Anyone who would like to have an outlet for their products are asked to contact Sheila Griffin via the shop.

Feb 2006: A stock take took place to see how the movement of goods is going. The shop is reporting an increase in sales week on week, with more and more people
finding out how very useful it is to have it open such long hours with a good range of produce. Hopefully more locally produced goods will be on sale but despite appeals, no one yet seems to be baking cakes, biscuits, etc. to sell and make some money for themselves at the same time.

The shop also wishes to promote its delivery service. For a minimum order of £5 of goods, they will deliver to the customer's house. They hope that this service will be of particular help to the elderly or infirm at this time of year.

More people are coming forward as volunteers to serve in the shop, which is very welcome. The meeting held by Sharon Bowditch on February 23 for new and old volunteers helped her focus on what training is needed and how we can fill the rota so that there are always two people on duty at any one time.

Feb 2006: There is now a cabinet on the front of the building for everyone to browse, so traders or events organisers, etc. can hand in their flyer or poster and for a small charge have it displayed where it will be seen by all the shoppers and other visitors.

Jan 2006: Local Community Stores Reps meet in All Cannings

On January 26 in the evening there was a meeting of several representatives who are involved with their local community stores around the area. The meeting was to discuss and exchange ideas, as well as talk through problems that might arise and was convened by Jane Ryall, who is the social enterprise adviser for Wiltshire Co-operative Futures, based at Wootton Bassett. A selection of tasty snacks and sandwiches were provided by one of our suppliers, Love's of Melksham.

All the attendees were invited to view our new village store; they were extremely impressed by the large stock available and the general layout of the building. They found it to be very helpful both for on-going concerns, and also those who are considering starting up a community store in their own villages.

All Cannings store committee was thanked for providing the venue and refreshments. A representative of Coombe Bissett and Homington Parish Council said: "May we say how impressed we we were with the way you had set it all up also the very well laid out shop, Congratulations."

December 2005: Village shop opens!

After 3 years of hard work, the new village shop opened on Saturday 17th December 2005. Congratulations to all involved in bringing this project together.

On January 7th, there was an official opening ceremony when local TV chef, Peter Vaughan, from the Healthy Life Bistro in Devizes, gave one of his famed cookery demonstrations using local produce.

We had a great party to celebrate on 14th January at All Cannings School - click here for photos.


Village store to open...(Nov 05)

We need your help …

We've got the money …
We've got the building …
We've got the site …
We've got lots of interest in the shop manager's post …
We've got over a hundred shareholders …
but we can always welcome some more …
(click here for an application form)

And we know we've got your support …
Now we need your time …
as volunteer shop assistants, painters, diggers and general fitters …
don't be shy, everyone can help, no amount of time is too small,

just call John Mead on 01380 860348
or Tim Moore on 01380 860191


The new shop arrives! Oct '05


ACCSA Ltd has notched up even more important advances since our last bulletin:

  • We have been approved to enter Stage 2 of the Rural Renaissance Funding process which could lead to a grant of 50% of our costs
  • We have been awarded £4850 from the National Lottery Fund
  • We have applied for a grant to meet appropriate costs from The Plunkett Foundation
  • We have been given a donation by Foxhanger's Canal Boats
  • We have been informed that planning permission is likely to be secured in the next three weeks
  • We have secured Building Regulations Approval
  • We have raised the number of shareholders to 140
  • We have found people who are willing to work as volunteers and to be considered for the shop manager post - but if you would like to add your name please call Celia Gordon on 01380 860191 - the more the merrier!

Why not call us on 01380 860174 / 860348 / 860191 or e-mail us: ACCSA to have your say about what you would like your shop to sell!

Feb 2005 : Green Light for All Cannings Village Store

The village meeting in All Cannings on Thursday 24th February gave the village store committee overwhelming support, on a show of hands, following a presentation of the considered alternatives and recommendations for the opening of a village store in September 2005.

Subject to planning permission, the store will be located in a temporary building in the Village Hall car park. It will offer the community a full convenience store range of products, some fresh produce, an off licence and limited post office services.

The project will be financed by a combination of local fund raising (£5,500 already to hand) and grants from a number of relevant funding bodies.

The committee will now move forward to the next phase further encouraged by the offer of a range of volunteer services promised at the meeting.

If you would like to help in fund-raising, volunteer work or have any views or questions please contact:
Peter Cooper, Chairman on 01380 860174.


All Cannings Post Office and Shop closed in December 2002. Many thanks to David and Isobel for all the hard work they put into it over many years.

Over the past year or so, a number of people in the village have been working to start up a new venture. A good deal of progress has been made in understanding what the challenges are and where there could be grants and other monies to start a new shop and post office.

It can be done. But they need help, support, interest and cash to start it up and keep Post Office services and vital provisions in the village - as well as a social focal point!

We'll post occasional news on this site - and in the meantime, if you think you can help, please get in touch.




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