About Us

We are a convenience store and social hub for the benefit of Otterton Village, its visitors and the wider community.

It is a Community Benefit Enterprise run on a 'not for profit' basis to achieve sufficient surplus to ensure the sustainability of the shop and when possible, financially support other local community projects.

It is run by a Management Committee with the aid of a dedicated team of volunteers and a part-time salaried manager responsible for the day to day trading activities of the shop.

We support local producers and the rural economy by providing an outlet for fresh and processed produce.  We promote healthier options whilst increasing the range and quality of the products on offer.

Our accessibility is of particular benefit to less mobile customers whilst shopping locally has a positive environmental impact by reducing vehicle journeys and food miles.

The original team
How it all came about

Plans for the establishment of a Community Shop date from 2011 when Viv Price and John Edmonds, then Chairman of the Parish Council, collaborated to see if such a project was feasible. A survey was undertaken in 2012 which showed overwhelming support; 55 villagers offered to help in the shop, 80 offered to purchase £50 bonds and 28 offered to provide specialist help. A management committee was then formed.

Various locations for the shop were investigated that included locating a portacabin in the car park of the King’s Arms PH and even operating within the Church as part of a community centre, but neither were considered suitable. So when the Snooker Club offered the Committee use of their clubroom within the Village Hall, the proposal was accepted. Negotiations took place, planning consent obtained and a lease eventually signed on 15 September 2014. Work to refurbish the snooker room began in late September was completed in late November. The Otterton Community Shop opened for trading on 1st December 2014.

Throughout this period, villagers, volunteers and the Management Committee members raised funds to cover the start-up costs. The Village and members of the Management Committee are extremely grateful to the following people and organisations who gave or raised funds to establish the Shop:
⚬ Big Lottery Fund
⚬ Devon County Council

⚬ East Devon AONB Sustainable Development Fund.
⚬ East Devon District Council
⚬ Exmouth Rotary Club
⚬ Ladram Bay Holiday Park
⚬ Norman Family Charitable Trust
⚬ Otterton Community Shop Shareholders
⚬ Otterton Parish Council
⚬ Otterton Village Hall Committee
⚬ Plunkett Foundation
⚬ Western Power
Over £14,000 was raised through events and the purchase of shares in the Community Shop. There are now over 120 shareholders each with a minimum of one £10 share.

In addition, the OCS Management Committee received advice and support from the Plunkett Foundation and from other established community shops, in particular, those in East Budleigh, Ilsington, Ide and Plymtree. In total, £43,000 was raised to get the project underway.

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