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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Shop saved, spruced up and ready to serve its two villages

Two villages in the south of Hambleton now have a community shop to share.

Open for business: society chair Denise Howard in the new-look shop.
Huby’s shop and post office which also served Sutton on Forest was on the verge of closing when its owner of 26 years retired last year.

The two villages formed a steering group and set up a not-for-profit community benefit society to take on the lease and business.

With 420 shareholders buying shares and bonds, the society raised more than £50,000.

The shop, run by volunteers along with paid post office staff, has been named Barkers of Huby, in recognition of its owners David and Lesley Barker.

A £4,500 Making a Difference grant from the district council has enabled improvements to access, fixtures and fittings, lighting and security.

Denise Howard, the society's chair, said: “Keeping the shop and post office open makes a huge difference to the daily lives of the residents who rely on it for not only the post office services and the everyday essential goods and newspapers as well as local meat and produce, but it also provides a social hub where people can meet each other and keep up to date with community news.”

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