Campaign launched to help shop recover from burglary

By Leah Smith in Local People

Following the recent burglary reported in last week’s Journal of the Wellow Community Shop, local schoolchildren have come together to try and promote their village shop; helping it to survive, thrive, and ultimately, recover from the set back.

Following the incident, the Community Shop Manager’s children told their teacher, from St Julian’s School, Wellow, that the shop could struggle following the burglary. They then asked if they could make posters to put up around the school,

village and shop to encourage local people to use the shop and save it from losing

custom or worse, closing altogether.

Their teacher agreed, and all of the Year 3 and 4 pupils made posters, along

the theme of ‘Use it or Lose it’, whilst learning the importance of a local village shop for its residents and surrounding customers.

Following this momentum, a Localgiving page has been set up for the Wellow shop, to help recoup the money that has been spent since the burglary on improved

security, such as cameras and alarms, and of course, the money lost during the

robbery. Localgiving was set up by local businesswoman, Marcelle Speller OBE, who has helped to connect communities and charitable organisations, supporting

regional causes and projects through online fundraising. It can be found at: www.localgiving.org/charity/wellowvillageshop

The shop was targeted on Friday, 2nd June at approximately 1.15 p.m., with a significant amount of money stolen. Information is still being sought on two men seen driving a Citroen Xsara Picasso or similar, last seen heading in the direction of Peasedown St John.

If anyone saw anything suspicious or has information that could help, please contact the police on 101 or email: christina.beswetherick@avonandsomersetpolice.uk, quoting incident reference: 5217123990.

Wellow Community Shop has provided a vital service for village residents and was taken over by the Industrial and Provident Society run by volunteers since December 1997. It is a non-profit making Co-operative which aims to provide value for money shopping for all, but especially for those who have difficulty in accessing shops outside the village. Like many other village shops, it also serves as a community hub and co-ordinates much of village life.

Speaking to The Journal this week, the Shop Manager said: “I would like to give thanks to all of the local schoolchildren who are kindly aiming to help the shop with their posters and positivity.

“We would also be immesely grateful to anyone who could kindly support us financially, using the Localgiving page.

“Our small village communities rely on shops like ours, run by volunteers – but we need your support.”