Gawsworth Community Shop

owned and run by volunteers for the benefit of the community

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How it started

In 2010 the last of our four village shops was about to be converted into a flat and so deprive the village of a valuable amenity. It is thanks to a determined effort by villagers and the support of the local community, businesses and others that we were able to purchase and refurbish the shop for the continued benefit of the village.

The purchase and refurbishment of the shop was greatly assisted by:

  • Plunkett Foundation Village Core Programme
  • Co-operatives Community Finance
  • Cheshire Peaks & Plains Housing Trust
  • The John Upton Charity
  • Gawsworth Parish Council
  • The Lindsay Foundation
  • Gawsworth Women’s Institute
  • Gradus Limited
  • East Cheshire Glass Ltd
  • A G Parfett & Sons Ltd
  • Alcock & Smalley Solicitors
  • MailBox Etc Macclesfield
  • Berry’s (Jason Charlesworth)
  • David Rutley MP
  • Ged Devlin - Co-operatives UK
  • Cheshire East Community & Volunteer Services
  • Gawsworth Methodist Church
  • St James’ Church
  • Gawsworth Primary School
  • Macclesfield Express
  • Congleton Chronicle
  • Kate Simms, BBC North West Tonight














Particular thanks are due to:

Sharon Hunt, Christine Lockitt, Tom Aindow, Paul Wainwright, Dave Fairbrother, John Dolan, Mark Russell, Steve Turner, Steve Whitworth and Lizzy Jones.

Over 200 individual shareholders and donors from the village and beyond,

The volunteers who have assisted in the refurbishment,

The many volunteers who have offered to assist in running the shop,

Those who gave their time and skills to the fundraising and management of the project.

The shop when we bought it….


and the shop now!