Going, going, gone…
Following a difficult time for the owners, Metfield Stores was put up for auction in 2005 and the village feared losing its only remaining shop.
But help was at hand in the form of local resident, Rachel Kellett, who had just sold her house. She generously funded the purchase of the building for two years, with the proviso that the community set up and organised the running of the business.
With huge input from a band of locals, armed with help and advice from a range of expert organisations, Metfield Stores reopened in April 2006 as a community interest company (later becoming a cooperative cic) and has been run by volunteers ever since, now also with a part-time paid manager.
Read the full fascinating story of how the shop was saved HERE.