Shop news

Our Annual General Meeting will be taking place on Thursday 5th September at 7.30pm in Collyweston Village Hall. Shareholders and general public are all welcome to find out how your local shop is doing and what’s happening next! We look forward to seeing you there!

We would like to thank everyone for coming to our event, everyone seemed to have a
good time and the BBQ was very popular! It was lovely to see some new faces and we
welcome those new to the village! It was a lovely afternoon and the sun shone for some
of it!

If anyone is interested in volunteering whatever hours they can spare to help keep the
village shop running, we would love to hear from you! Either call in to see Rachel or

July 2019        Hopefully we will get some summer weather soon and we can strike up our barbecues! We stock sausages and burgers from Nelson’s and Grasmere, and you can place an order for specific items or if you are catering for a large party – it is delivered to the shop for you to collect at your convenience. And we even have the charcoal for you to light your barbecue!

We also have bread delivered 6 days a week, along with fruit, salad and vegetables. Again, orders can be placed for specific items.

To complete your feast, top up on a range of snacks, wine, beer and cider!

Just a reminder that these services would not be possible without our fabulous volunteers. Can you spare some time to help out?

Normal opening hours:  Monday to Friday : 8am – 6pm
Saturday  : 8am – 1pm
01780 440830                                            Sunday : 9am – 12 noon  @CollywestonShop

December 2018                 Looking for a paid, part-time role in the village?

Collyweston village shop is looking for someone a flexible part-time manager to help maintain this vital service, while fitting around family life.

Please apply in writing to The Committee, Collyweston Community Shop, 21 High Street, Collyweston PE9 3PW  or email

Thank you!

October 2018                                   Experiences of a Volunteer

In August 2012, I moved to the delightful village of Collyweston, living on the High Street. My first visit to the Community Shop was so pleasant that I offered to become a volunteer.

Six years later, I still enjoy working in the shop and have met many characters, both from the village and further afield. One day I was serving an Irish gentleman and a lady came into the shop asking directions. I did not know, so she asked the Irish man who said: “I wouldn’t start from here luv”!

It’s so pleasant to chat with people from such a wide variety of work and life experiences. Several of the more elderly village residents tell me wonderful tales of how life was in the ‘olden days’ – good and bad. I have also gained insights into how abattoirs work, biscuit making, iceberg monitoring, perfume ingredients, zoo keeping and even one lady who was a professional cuddler!

Some people may consider working in the shop ‘lost time’ but for me, that certainly is not true. Firstly, the shop has good wi-fi connection so I can be connected to the internet for work and pleasure. Secondly, because the shop has a drop-and-swop service for books, I have read many that I would not normally do so. Coming from a technical background, I never thought I could get excited about tree shaping!

The shop is used by many of the children living in the village and I am always impressed by how polite they are. When asked by her mother which sweets she would like, one little girl usually says “No mummy, fruit is better for me”. I have seen young boys who could barely peer over the counter top grow to be over 6 foot tall.

For young people, working in the shop gives them real-world experience into basic commerce. We have had quite a few who gained experience for their Duke of Edinburgh award. For the more elderly, the opportunity to meet new people is seen as a real benefit. One lady volunteer we had insisted on doing two shifts back-to-back (from 11.30am until 6.00pm) as she so enjoyed getting out the house.                  – Bruce

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I really want to shout about our community shop! It’s your shop, in your village and it’s a shop that gives back. Each year at the village fete we donate money back to other causes in the village: the Playing Field Association, the Village Hall, CHAPS, the Collyweston Players and the Church.

Collyweston Community Shop is a not for profit business whose whole premise is to help the community, to be an amenity and to give back – and this year we are delighted to have donated a total of £300.

We promote local produce, for example honey from Easton and strawberries from Manton. We also have more general essentials, including fruit and vegetables, wine and beer, breakfast items and cleaning products. We even have such essentials as nappies and pet food!

Our shop is kept going by volunteers. Outside of the role of our shop manager, Rachel (the only paid member of staff), it’s volunteers who work shifts in the shop to serve customers, help deliver items to less able people locally, or sit on the committee to help run the shop behind the scenes. It’s a great little shop to be part of, and is getting busier and more successful, ensuring more money can go back into the shop to provide what you need and want as well as being able to donate to others.

If you have been keen to get more involved in the village, and think you would like to help in your shop, please pop in and leave your name and contact details, and we will contact you. Full training is provided and you can work it around times that suit you.

Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you!    – Lucy (Chairman)   *   @CollywestonShop
Collyweston Community Shop on Facebook     *   01780 440830

July 2018

Asparagus and strawberries and hayfever remedy!

Have you tried our delicious Ashby asparagus? Grown locally, only £2.95 per bunch, and available until the middle/end of June. Manton strawberries will be available in June; start date depends on our changeable weather. If you’re a hayfever sufferer, why not try some local honey? Ours is from John Ireland in Easton on the hill and only £4.00 per jar.

As ever, we’re desperately in need of volunteers to help staff the shop. We’re a friendly team who give up some of our time to keep this vital rural resource running, and open 3654 days a year! Without volunteers, the shop simply doesn’t exist, so please think about whether you could spare some time to help out. Full training is given, and as little as a couple of hours a month really does make the difference between us being open or closed!   *   @CollywestonShop
Collyweston Community Shop on Facebook     *   01780 440830

June 2018

Farewell to Vicki

It is with sadness that we advise you all that Vicki Smith has left both the shop and the village. She has moved close to her family due to ill health. Vicki gave up so much of her time over seven years, helping out in the shop, and she will be sorely missed by the shop team and our customers.

Thank you to Katy and Rob who have spared us some of their time in their University holidays to help out; their efforts are much appreciated! If you are over 18 and could spare some time to help out, please get in touch.* You could learn some new skills, meet new people, be a part of the community (oh, and it looks great on your CV!).

We are a friendly team who give up our time to keep this vital rural resource running. We’re open 364 days a year! Without volunteers, the shop simply doesn’t exist, so please think about whether you could spare some time to help out. Full training is given, and as little as a couple of hours a month really does make the difference between us being open or closed!   *01780 440830  @CollywestonShop

May 2018

Can you help?

We are still desperately seeking more volunteers to help man the shop and keep it open. We have recently been forced to close early due to lack of cover, which regrettably affects not only our turnover but also our contribution to village good causes. The shop is carrying out a series of staff training sessions over the next few months. If anyone would like to refresh their knowledge or would like to come along to see what we do, please contact Rachel at the shop. Spaces are limited to 6 per session and will be arranged to suit availability of attendees and course tutor.

October 2017


Give it a go

We thank you all for your continued support. Our 7th year of trading is going well and we are delighted to welcome our new volunteers, who have helped to fill many of the gaps. But we still need a few more folks to help out during the holiday period – an hour or two a month will really make a difference. So if you have been thinking you would like to help, please do get in touch with Rachel and give it a try. It’s a great way to meet people and you really will be making a difference to your community. Go on, give it a go – make a difference!

September 2017

We could still use a little extra help

We still struggle to fill some of the slots each week particularly during the holiday period. So if you have an hour or two to spare each month, why not give Rachel our manager a call on (01780) 440830? The turnover and number of customers is continuing to rise and the shop continues to give money back to the other local groups so it’s all good news – we just need to stay open!

A sad goodbye to Ann

Dear friend and dedicated volunteer at the shop, Ann Munton, has passed away. Ann and husband George were familiar faces behind the counter on Friday afternoons, greeting customers with a friendly smile and cheerful banter. Ann was thoughtful, kind and ever generous with her time – be it in the the shop, delivering prescriptions, providing floral decorations at church festivals, or just lending a friendly ear to others. Many people will have fond memories of her generous nature helping residents in Collyweston and our neighbouring villages. We send our thoughts and condolences to George and the family at this very sad time.

August 2017

New faces behind the counter

You may have noticed a few new faces behind the counter recently, as our new recruits complete their training and begin to get to know our regulars. We have already had some good feedback from customers and the volunteers are enjoying meeting and greeting new faces. If you’d like to join our team please give Rachel a call at the shop on 01780 440830.

We are also delighted to report that we have once again been able to make donations to the 5 village groups. Our chairman, Paul Johnson, presented £50 cheques to the Playing Field Association, the Historical Society, the Collyweston Players, the Village Hall and St Andrew’s Church. We thank you, our customers, for your continued support which has helped us continue our support of local groups.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm
Saturday             8am-4pm
Sunday                9am-12noon             @CollywestonShop  01780 440830
The Old Butcher’s Shop, 21 High Street, Collyweston PE9 3PW

July 2017


Volunteer appeal update

Since the appeal for more volunteers was launched at the beginning of May, the response has been encouraging but not conclusive. Further help is needed to save the shop from closure.

The management committee are hopeful that closure will be averted and are grateful to the 6 new volunteers who have completed initial training and are now able to fill some of the vacant slots in the weekly timetable. Four others are in training but more help is needed as holiday time approaches.

You don’t need to live in the village to join us (we have volunteers from Duddington, Ketton and Stamford) so why not give it a try. It’s a great way to meet new people. Shifts can be only 2 hours, and all volunteers receive a 10% discount on their own shopping.

Contact Rachel at the shop or phone 01780 440830 for more details and to book a practice session.
– Paul Johnson, Hon Chairman, Collyweston Community Shop Association Ltd

Monday to Friday 8am-6pm
Saturday 8am-4pm
Sunday 9am-12 noon             @CollywestonShop  01780 444830
The Old Butchers Shop, 21 High Street, Collyweston PE9 3PW

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Flourishing village shop in danger of closure

Collyweston Community Shop, established in July 2010, is facing a life-threatening crisis due to a severe lack of volunteers. This little gem of a shop is recognised locally for offering a wide range of quality local food products as well as weekly staples and also offers great community support to all sectors of the community.

Hardworking manager Rachel, supported by the management committee and a (small) faithful and dedicated band of existing volunteers, is continually battling to juggle the volunteer rota to cover the opening hours needed to keep the shop viable. Unfortunately there are just not enough willing helpers at present.

The shop is viable financially, showing a growth in turnover, profit and footfall in the last two financial years. It has donated over £2,500 so far to village causes.

Without more help the shop would have to reduce hours but this would reduce income, making the shop unviable. So the only solution is to get more volunteers, just 3 or 4 extra hands would be a big help.

So what does a volunteer do? You would serve customers and take their payments, full training will be given; some re-stocking and light cleaning; tea and coffee provided; chatting to locals and making new friends; acting as an information service to visitors to the village. Shifts vary from 2-4 hours.

If the necessary shifts cannot be filled by the end of May the committee will be forced to commence plans to close by the end of June, which will be a very sad loss for the village.

If you are able to help to save this valuable community asset (and you don’t need to live in Colly to join in), please ring 01780 440830 or email or call at the shop for an informal chat.

Without more support the shop WILL close.

Those who volunteer get a lot out of it (including a 10% discount scheme) so if you have a little time to spare, why not give it a try?

Paul Johnson, chairman fo Collyweston Community Shop Association Ltd, 07976 437940
May 2017

Your shop NEEDS your help

Last month the shop lost 2 key committee members – Alistair Brown and Didge Brookings. We thank them both for their support and positive impact over the years.

Although Didge will continue serving in the shop, we desperately need more volunteers to greet customers and mind the till. We’ve recently updated equipment to make it even easier, and of course we give full training.

But without more willing volunteers, the opening hours will be affected. This will affect turnover, which in turn will affect how much money we are able to give back to the village. It might even force the shop to close.

Please contact Rachel at the shop, or Paul or Sandra Johnson – their number is on page 7 of the April 2017 Collyweston News.

28th March 2017

Getting better and better!

At a recent committee meeting it was reported that turnover and profit had increased from April to December 2016 in comparison to the same period in 2015. The website has been re-designed to give a much smarter image and regular news and updates are being circulated via Twitter, Facebook and Rutland Radio.

Would YOU like to be part of our success story? New volunteers are required to enable us to continue to offer this important service to the community. Please call in at the shop for details, full training given. Alternatively you can email us at We look forward to hearing from you.

February 2017

Website relaunch and a survey

Generous village veg growers have donated their excess produce to the shop. You can help yourself, in return for a small donation to the shop’s charity tub.

Following on from the rescue meeting held in July, local residents have volunteered to help the shop improve its services by conducting a village survey. The committee are really keen to hear your views on what you want from your shop – so our friendly team will be knocking on your door during September and asking a few simple questions. Feel free to be as expansive or brief as you like, we won’t be offended. A big thank you to everyone who offered to help with the survey.

Thanks also to Julia and Karen Baker who have designed a fantastic new website for us which was launched at the end of August. If you’ve never been in the shop and don’t know what to expect, take a look at

September 2016

The shop’s future is secure!

We are delighted to announce that we have 3 more committee members making a total of 9. The newly enhanced committee are due to meet at the beginning of August to discuss the various topics raised and put in place a plan to execute the proposals as soon as possible.

Around 30 people attended the meeting and some very useful and supportive ideas were discussed. We would like to thank everyone who attended and we look forward to working together to keep the shop viable and open.

Our accountant is currently formalizing the end of year accounts for the period April 2015 to March 2016 and these will be available for inspection at the AGM, the date of which will be posted on the village notice board and in the shop as soon as the accounts are available. You are ALL welcome to attend. Your feedback is important to us.

We have also been approached by two more potential volunteers, one from Stamford and one from Weldon. Both use the shop and want to help keep it open, and training is to commence shortly. If you’re interested in learning more about what being a volunteer entails (it’s not only working behind the till!) please contact Rachel at the shop and a committee member will be in touch.                                                   31/7/16

Important notice

After 9 years Paul and Sandra Johnson have decided to step down from the committee. A public meeting took place on Monday 27th June, inviting new people to come forward to help with the running of the shop. If you were unable to attend the meeting but would like to know more, please leave your contact details at the shop and a Committee member will contact you.

The shop is an important part of the village and makes a small profit which goes to the village causes – £250 this year AND last. Unless people come forward the shop will close.

Junior art competition

There are two groups: 5-10 years old and 11-16, with one winner in each group.

If you are over 16 and would like to display your talent please feel free to drop your artwork into the shop and we’ll display as many as we can. You never know, you might get a commission!

However, it must have a Royal theme. It could be a portrait of a member of the royal family, their pets, a building, mode of transport or a garden.

Judging will take place at the Village Fete on Sunday 12th June in the gardens of The Hermitage (opposite the shop). Please drop your entries off at the shop by Friday 10th June, writing your name, address and telephone number clearly on the back so we can return your work to you.

We look forward to seeing your creations. GOOD LUCK!
June 2016

Join us for morning coffee!

To all our volunteers, potential volunteers and anyone else who would like to know more about what we do… please join us for morning coffee at 11.30am on Wednesday 16th March  at the Collyweston Slater.

We would love to see you to say thank you to those of you who currently help us, welcome those who are under training and answer questions to those of you who are thinking of volunteering but are unsure what it entails.                                                   March 2016

The team is growing

We have four new members on our volunteer team. All are currently undergoing training and are looking forward to meeting and making new friends. Three of the volunteers are new to the village so please make them feel welcome.

If you’re still thinking about whether to volunteer yourself, and want to talk it through, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be delighted to explain what we do and why. Just leave your details in the shop and either Rachel or a member of the Committee will be in touch. We are a friendly bunch.                                                                   February 2016

Spend an hour so we can stay open lots!

We are still desperately short of volunteers, particularly at the weekends.

If you can spare an hour and would like to meet new people, please contact Rachel at the shop for details.

Unfortunately, without additional support for our current bank of brilliant volunteers, we may not be able to maintain the current opening hours.          Updated September 2015

Can you help us?

We are desperately short of volunteers during the forthcoming holiday month, especially at the weekends.

If you’re able to spare an hour and would like to meet new people, please contact Rachel at the shop for details.

Unfortunately, without additional support for our current bank of brilliant volunteers, we may not be able to maintain the current opening hours.                  Updated August 2015

 Supporting village good causes

We are delighted to announce that we donated £50 to each of the following village groups at the recent Village Fete:

  • Collyweston Playing Field Association (CPFA)
  • Collyweston Historical & Preservation Society (CHAPS)
  • Collyweston Village Hall
  • Collyweston Players
  • St Andrew’s Church, Collyweston

Thank you, everyone whose small change and donations have made this support possible.

Updated 7th July 2015

Collyweston to get its own defibrillator?

The committee of Collyweston Community Shop is looking into the provision of a defibrillator for the village. 

Defibrillation is a common treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the heart with a device called a defibrillator.

So it helps to stimulate a “dicky ticker”. It’s kept in a locked heated cabinet on the outside of a building in the village centre and can be used by a volunteer with guidance from the Ambulance Service.

They cost around £1,100 + VAT including the cabinet. Expressions of interest with funding have been received from Ketton First Responders, the Collyweston Slater, Collyweston Parish Council, Collyweston News and the Community Shop. A possible site would be the village shop on High Street, subject to the consent of the owners and the District Council.

Anyone who would like more details, or who wishes to contribute in any way, is invited to contact Paul Johnson, chairman of Collyweston Community Shop Association Ltd – number on page 15 of the June issue of Colly News. 

Afternoon Tea was a great success

A real community event took place when 25 residents joined staff from the community village shop at the Collyweston Slater on Wednesday 17th September. Several newcomers met and made friends with the more established residents, and lots of delicious home baking and hot drinks were enjoyed by all.

Many thanks to everyone who attended and also to Helen, Kelvin and the staff at the Slater for hosting the event and patiently helping the inexperienced waiting staff from the Shop Committee. Thanks also to Fiona for providing musical entertainment and those very generous residents who rustled up a lovely selection of delightful cakes.

Judging by the volume of chatter and the empty plates it seems a good time was had by all. If you missed it and would like to attend next time look out for details on this website and in Collyweston News.


14th August 2014        Since its opening on 1st July 2010, Collyweston Community Shop has grown considerably and, with the support of the village, has managed to fulfil its remit of ‘giving back’ its profits to the village. The shop has now given just over £2,000 back to village causes, including St Andrew’s Church, Collyweston Playing Field Association (CPFA), Collyweston Historical and Preservation Society (CHAPS), Collyweston Players and Collyweston Village Hall.  The shop was also able to replace the dilapidated bench on the Main Road which many ‘old Collywestonians’ used as a meeting point during childhood.

The shop team hope to continue with these donations and, to show appreciation for the support the shop has enjoyed, would like to do something a little more personal for those more senior members of our community, who perhaps do not wish to use the swings and slides on the playing field!

So, Collyweston’s “senior citizens” are invited to a FREE afternoon tea at the Collyweston Slater. Helen and Kelvin have joined forces with the shop team, and you’re invited to join them between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday 17th September for light refreshments of tea, sandwiches and delicious homemade cakes.

To make sure there’s plenty to go round, it’s important to know how many are likely to attend, so if you fancy going, please can you do one of the following by 10th September:

  1. Return the slip that was delivered to your door, to the Collyweston Slater or to the Community Shop, saying whether you will/will not be attending;
  2. Send an email confirming your wish to attend or otherwise;
  3. Ring the Shop on 440830 and leave a message with your name and telephone number, saying whether you wish to attend and how many in your party.

There will be helpers available on the day, so we can provide transport. Also, if you’d like to bring a helper, just let us know so we can make sure there is enough cake!

Hopefully over the next few months we will be able to extend a similar invitation to the younger members of our community too.


Please leave a Reply here.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.