Once upon a time, Gartmore had two grocery stores, a baker, a tailor, a blacksmith, a joiner and a shoemaker. The Post Office arrived in 1826. In addition, vans selling meat, fish and fruit came to the village every day in the week.
By the end of the 20th century, this had shrunk to just one convenience store, incorporating the Post Office, which sold groceries, home-baking, alcohol, organic produce, newspapers, and various household products. Things came to a crunch in 1997 when the shop went on sale but no one wanted to buy it. It seemed inevitable that it would be turned into a flat. More than 100 concerned villagers met and decided to set up a community shop, subsequently investing in shares. Gartmore Shop opened as a community co-operative in January 1998.
We are indebted to the commitment of our wonderful staff, volunteer management committee, volunteers, shareholders and the support of our loyal customers, without whom the Shop would not be where it is today.
Not content with having just one community enterprise in Gartmore, villagers rallied to the cause of another local facility, the Black Bull hotel, and it too has now entered community ownership, opening as the Black Bull Gartmore Hub & Pub in September 2019. A truly remarkable achievement for a small village.
McFarlane’s grocer’s shop which later became the Village Club
McKenzie’s shop at Elrig next door to the current Shop
Mair’s grocers moves to Gartmore Shop site
Become a Shareholder
Gartmore Community Shop Ltd is always looking for new shareholders to increase funds and maintain share capital as people move on. A minimum spend of £25 will buy you 25 shares giving you the opportunity to invest in this important community society and, as a shareholder, helping to decide how best to secure the Shop’s future for the next generation. We welcome all investments up to a maximum of £2,000.
To apply for Shares, please complete the Contact Us form and the Secretary will send you an application form.
Shareholders and community friends celebrate Gartmore Shop’s 20th Anniversary in 2018 in the Shop’s garden
Become a Volunteer
We are sustained by hundreds of hours of voluntary effort each year. Volunteers can spend a few hours helping in the Shop each week, collect fruit & veg from the market, drop off shopping to customers, decorate the Shop window or serve on the management committee.
The duties are not onerous and can be fitted in around other commitments. Training is provided, but a cheerful smile and a willingness to help customers are what counts.
The more volunteers we have, the more hours the Shop can be open making it more accessible to more people and helping its longer term sustainability.
To find out about becoming a volunteer, please complete the Contact Us form and the Secretary will contact you to discuss further.
Santa’s elves! Gartmore Shop’s Christmas window display by staff and volunteers