Rocklands Community Shop
About us
Rocklands Community Shop

Our history

Our community has benefited from a village shop and, before that, a bakery on the present site for more than 200 years. The village risked losing this valuable asset when the owners sought to retire. Volunteers rallied round to set up a company to lease the shop and, after a short closure, for refurbishment it re-opened for business in March 2014.

The Industrial Provident Society

The Rocklands Community Shop Limited (RCSL) is an Industrial and Provident Society (IPS), registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. We have received invaluable mentorship from The Plunkett Foundation, which has helped establish over 300 community shops, and we have used their Model Rules as the basis for our society’s rules.
 
An IPS is a not-for-profit society, managed by the community for the benefit of the community, not just its members. Enshrined in our rules is the principle that trading surpluses, beyond those required for the needs of the business, will be distributed to community projects, as voted on by the membership.
 
The 2016/2017 management committee comprises: Roger Steel (Chair), Malcolm Robertshaw (Vice-Chair), Victoria McArthur (Treasurer), Peter Rushton (Company Secretary), Cath Jones (Minutes and Membership Secretary), Mary Trinder (Publicity) and John Rose.
 
We have been ably assisted by: Alan and Elaine Johnson, Shirley Colenutt and Joan Woodroffe acting as consultants to the management committee.
 
Please click here to downloaded a copy of our Mission Statement and Values.

Volunteering at the shop

The shop is managed on a day to day basis by our four delightful managers, presently funded by a hard-earned grant from the Big Lottery, which will support staff wages over the next five years. Our staff are Natalie Albrow, Michelle Maher, Marion Baker and John Borrill. We can only afford to employ a single member of staff to be on hand at any one time, so staff are ably supported by volunteers.
 

Volunteers

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the shop; without them the shop would close. We're very grateful for everything that they do, the valuable time they give up and for giving the strong sense of community ownership that makes Rocklands Community Shop such a great place to be.
 
On a more serious note, we are always looking for volunteers, some people need to take time off for various reasons, or move away, if you have a bit of spare time please consider volunteering.
 
We run a shift timetable and this is available to sign up to in the shop. It does not matter if you want to do a regular slot every week, or can only fit a shift in now and then, we welcome all. We run regular training sessions, and suggest that new volunteers sign up to the volunteer agreement (attached here), fill in a DBS form, and spend a couple of shifts shadowing a more experienced person, before they attempt a solo flight.
 
Please click here to downloaded a copy of our Volunteer Policy and Agreement.

Contact details

Rocklands Community Shop and Post Office
52 The Street
Rockland All Saints
Attleborough
Norfolk NR17 1TP
 
Phone (Shop): 01953 483855
Phone (Post Office): 01953 483217

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Our supporters


 
 
We are very grateful to all our supporters, including The Plunkett Foundation, The Prince's Countryside Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.

The Plunkett Foundation     The Prince's Countryside Fund     Lottery Funded

Social goals

The aim of Rocklands Community Shop is to provide essential groceries and services to the local community and to many of the communities nearby that have lost their shops.
 
The loss of village shops is a critical cause of the decline of rural communities. Closing a village shop can have a negative effect on the community, most notably its elderly but also other vulnerable members. Preserving the shop benefits the whole village: maintaining the Post Office function; realising its potential as a community hub; offering improved services; employment and volunteer opportunities for villagers; information and activities and an invaluable social support systems.
 
A shop provides so much more than simply groceries and services, and in particular a community venture such as RCSL can unite and strengthen community ties for the long term benefit of the locality and its inhabitants.

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