The Village Shop opened on 14th October, 2000, prompted by the closure of The Stores, the only shop in Islip at the time. When Chris and Janet Busby, owners of the long running The Stores, called it a day after more than four decades, the 600-strong community of Islip was left with no shop.
Volunteers sprang into action. Henrietta Leyser assembled a group of people to set up a volunteer run shop in the heart of the village.
“Villagers couldn’t bear the thought of the village without a shop at its centre.”
Fifteen years later, the shop is thriving, selling a rich assortment of items with many being sourced locally.
Chris Cook co-ordinates a team of more than 30 volunteers and manages home deliveries to the village’s elderly.
“There are a lot of elderly people who can’t get out of the village whom I know rely on the shop. If people want to know anything, or want anything done, they come to the shop,” explains Maralynn Smith, Shop Manager.
Credit – Oxford Mail, 15/10/10
A brief history of our shop
2000 – The shop opens
2003 – The shop wins Oxfordshire award for ‘top community owned store of the year’
2004 – Shop underwent an extension to accommodate expanding success
2010 – Shop celebrates its 10th birthday
2015 – Second major extension as business continues to grow
2015 – Shop celebrates it 15th birthday