Kirdford Village Stores
For over 100 years, Kirdford's community had enjoyed all the benefits of a village shop. Then, in 2006, the shop closed its doors for the last time.
In response, Kirdford's residents rallied together to ensure that this valuable village service was not lost for ever.
Over the next the three years, the village of Kirdford raised in excess of £200,000 by selling shares, applying for grants and running various fundraising events.
This allowed the community to purchase and renovate an old office building to convert into the new community-owned shop.
Open for business
Villagers and local businesses worked together to decorate the shop and undertake various building work. In June 2010, actress and local resident, Julie Walters, officially opened the store.
Kirdford Village Stores is run by a full-time manager, who is supported by a team of volunteers. The shop showcases a wide range of local food and work by local artists and jewellers.
On Saturdays, there's even a story time session for children aged eight and under.
Sue Ransley, Chair of Kirdford Community-Owned Shop committee, has been the driving force behind the scheme. "Our shop has swiftly become the hub of village activity. It's a place where people can meet for coffee and a chat, use the internet and, of course, shop for their daily needs in a pleasant environment."
In 2011, Kirdford Village Stores won the Telegraph magazine's Best Corner/Village shop in Britain award.