On 5th June 2010 Julie Walters officially opened Kirdford Village Stores. The opening of the shop was the culmination of three years hard work on the part of Sue Ransley and the village shop steering committee, and supporting volunteers. The team worked tirelessly to raise over £200,000 to buy the timber-framed building, which once formed part of the Kirdford Growers, and to transform it into attractive shop premises.
Kirdford Growers was the first wholesale co-operative in England handling the fruit packaging and distribution for this well respected apple growing community. The ‘Growers’ was the major local employer and social focus for the community. So it is very apt to have brought the building back to life, and to the heart of the community.
There are too many thank you’s to spell them all out individually, but the Management Committee would like to try and acknowledge all those who have played a part, and to thank all of you.
This project would never have been realised were it not for the efforts of so many happy volunteers – whether delivering fliers, baking cakes, running a stall, gardening, selling tickets, painting and decorating etc. The opening of the shop is testament to the efforts of the good people of Kirdford. And now that the shop is open, again the amazing team of volunteers working in the shop are an important part of what makes it all possible.
Local fund-raising included a number of community events from Food Fests to Bollywood evenings. Many residents and local businesses donated their time, money or goods. Larger sums were obtained through grant applications from the organisations shown below. And an ongoing share scheme raises further funds. Thank you one and all!