BROMSBERROW’S community shop will go into 2020 looking spick and span, having undergone a revamp thanks to hard-working volunteers.

The shop, in a unit on Bromsberrow Business Park, has been open since November 2012, as a much-needed hub for the local community and also as a focus for charitable events.

In recent years, the shop has hosted events for good causes including Marie Curie and Macmillan.

But about two months ago, volunteers decided to give the premises a much-needed spruce up.

Posting in the recent ‘Windcross’ community magazine, shop spokesperson Monica Butler said: “Everyone is pleased with the change at The Shop. It is much brighter and warmer, especially in the cafe, which is now called The Snug.

“The volunteers, including some new recruits, worked many extra hours to get the decorating done and re-arrange the shelving and make it a more attractive and friendlier area. The volunteers and customers have appreciated all the effort put in to make the improvements.”

The revamp came after consideration was given to moving elsewhere, to other premises, but finances ruled out such a move.

Now grant-funding will be sought to continue improvements at the community shop. The re-vamped cafe even boasts some stylish ‘shabby chic’ furniture.

Meanwhile, popular events at the venue include community lunches, with the next one planned for Wednesday February 5.

And the shop is busy setting up it’s own fully-functioning website at www,, as a ‘New Year resolution’.

New volunteers are always welcome.

A recent appeal added three new faces to the team, but more are still needed.

The community shop, however, has attracted it’s fair share of admirers over the years.

In 2015, it attracted the praise of former Newent mayor, Len Lawton, who visited and said: “Village shops run by volunteers are the lifeblood of local communities as they provide a vital service for those living in rural areas where there is no post office or shop for many miles.

“Bromsberrow Heath is fortunate indeed to have such a jewel in its crown as this shop. Congratulations to all those who work here.”