In early 2014 a few residents looked into the idea of taking on the village store as a community-owned business. We carried out a community consultation and there was overwhelming support so a steering group was set up to drive the project forward.
In July 2014 we became incorporated as Clapham Community Shop Ltd and we began fundraising to cover the start-up costs. Within five weeks we’d raised nearly £50,000 including more than £33,000 through a community share offer. There are currently around 165 members.
We also received grants from Clapham Parish Council, the Yorkshire Dales Sustainable Development Fund, the Plunkett Foundation, the Craven Trust, Craven District Council, and the Harold & Alice Bridges Charity.
Ingleborough Estate (our landlord), Clapham Development Association and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust have also provided a lot of support.
In March 2015 the shop re-opened.
Helen Rollinson is our full time manager working Mondays to Fridays.
Will Dawson looks after the shop on Saturdays.
Jackie Hassall is our weekend supervisor working Friday afternoons and Sundays.
Margaret Harrison is our part time assistant and sandwich maker, and
Jonathan Crewdsen is our part time bookkeeper too.
Our Management Committee
Up to 12 volunteers form our committee. The current group is chaired by Sue Mann, has Jill Gates as the treasurer and Diane Elphinstone as company secretary.
The Management Committee is elected at our Annual General Meeting. This year's AGM was held on 4 July at Clapham Village Hall. Our next committee meeting will be on Wednesday, 13 September.
Our Management Committee
Up to 12 volunteers form our committee. The current group is chaired by Harriet Naden, George Sheridan is vice-chair, Jill Gates is the treasurer and Diane Elphinstone is company secretary. Other members of the committee include Nick Burton, Iain Crossley, Marilyn Galpin and Lynda Christian.
The Management Committee was elected at our Annual General Meeting. If you would like to join the Management Committee - please contact Harriet Naden by email.
Our 2019 Annual General Meeting was held on 3 July, 2019.
Our 2020 Annual General Meeting (virtual) was held on 15 July, 2020.
We have a fantastic group of volunteers who make our shop happen. They help with a wide range of activities - which include dealing with deliveries, serving in the shop, stocking the shelves, cooking and baking, cleaning, gardening, helping with the accounts, laundry duties and updating the website!
Our volunteers are what makes Clapham Village Store the heart or our village. If you'd like to help - send us an email - click here