Cockburnspath Village Shop set to open its doors

Cockburnspath residents will be able to grab their essentials closer to home with the arrival of their new village shop.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 3:01 pm
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 3:55 pm
Cockburnspath Village Shop is lowered into position.

Primary school pupils and residents gathered as the shop – delivered by two lorries and a 55 tonne crane – was lowered into position in the village hall car park last month.

It comes following public meetings held in February and March 2020, when it was decided the village needed a store following the closure of the former shop and post office, which closed early last year after serving the village for over 100 years.

The community’s vision for a shop in the heart of the village was supported by local politicians and windfarm partners, and a small group was set up to take it forward.

Due to Covid, the project proceeded using Zoom and chatting to residents when out walking, as well as regular newsletters and attendance at community council meetings.

Expert advice was obtained from the Plunkett Foundation and Community Share Scotland, to study various options and prepare a business plan. A community share offer was then launched allowing residents in the TD13 area to buy shares at £10 each.

The community council backed the project and helped obtain funding for the building from Community Windpower Ltd, whose contractors also assisted with building the foundations. Kinegar Quarry and Cockburnspath Garage helped with the building work.

The shop will be run and owned by the community, with managers Donna and Paul looking forward to stocking it with groceries and newspapers as well as locally sourced meat and bread, and getting the doors open soon.

Financial support has been given by Drone Hill and Penmanshiel Windfarms, Kinegar, EDF, SBC Community Fund and Awards for All.

Rob Fryer, director at Community Windpower, said: “We are delighted that our Aikengall Wind Farm community benefit fund is being used to facilitate this exciting new local asset, which is providing a legacy for the good folk of Co’path.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of shopping local and supporting the community through the creation of the community shop aims to support and enhance the lives of the local community.”