St Mabyn Community Shop is a Community Benefit Society, established by a group of villagers when they heard that the long-established village shop and Post Office was due to close. A Steering Committee was set up to undertake the massive task of setting up the new organisation and putting everything in place so that village would never be without these vital facilities. The shop as it is now finally opened for business on October 1st 2018.

The shop is managed and staffed entirely by volunteers who live in and around the village, and exists to serve the needs of the community and visitors to the village and the surrounding area. The day-to-day running of the shop is overseen by Neil and Gill Embley Volunteer Shop Managers, and the Management Committee is made up of Martin Bailie (Chair), Jon Marriott (Secretary), David Bishop (Treasurer), Ian Westwood, David Masters, Andrew Holliman, and Gill Embley.

The application to be registered as a Community Benefit Society was submitted on 10th July 2018. It is being “sponsored” by the Plunkett Foundation, specialists in community-owned enterprises. The St Mabyn Community Shop project aims to run in accordance with the model rules devised by the Plunkett Foundation, and these principles are set out in the documents which can be accessed via the links below.

An offer of shares in the shop was made to members of the community. Each share costs £10 and there is no limit to the number of shares an individual can own in order to become a member of the Community Benefit Society. Shareholders are entitled to participate in major decisions concerning the shop, with each shareholder having one vote, regardless of the number of shares they hold. At the present time 156 people have bought into the scheme, mainly members of the community  of St Mabyn but also some others who have an interest in the village or simply wished to support the initiative. A Shareholders' meeting was held in January to report on progress so far, and there will be an official Annual General Meeting later this year.

Some 41 members of the community volunteer to staff the shop, which is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and from 9 till 12 on Sunday morning. We will be able to offer a range of Post Office services within a few weeks, with Gill Embley taking overall charge of this along with a group of volunteers.