Midgley Community Shop History

The Old Co-op Building – The Premises for Our Expanding Needs

Fortunately, just as the community shop was having to leave its premises, the Old Co-op building came on to the market. The vendors allowed sufficient time for us to raise the necessary funds to purchase and convert the premises for our expanding needs. Fund raising accelerated and volunteers got to work, spending many hours applying for grants* and arranging ambitious fund raising events.

A unique Community Share Issue realised £53,000 on its own, thanks to the generosity and community spirit of local people. An eye watering total of £253,000 was raised through grants, shares and community fund raising events, allowing the Forum to purchase the Old Co-op and complete its conversion into village shop and community room, with a large residential flat above. Midgley's community-owned premises were officially opened on Saturday 25th September 2010.

* For more information about grants, sponsors and fundraising, please see the fundraising page.

Midgley Shop – Into the Future

The shop continues to trade successfully, staffed by an enthusiastic team of dedicated volunteers. The Community Room hosts a wide range of events that bring all sections of the community together, and serves as a focal point for many important village occasions such as Street parties, Spaw Sunday gatherings and Open Gardens weekends. The flat is an important source of rental revenue that is helping to pay back the Community Shares and will contribute towards further refurbishment of the building in the future.