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14/07/2019  Coddenham Share Issue - Clearing The First Hurdle


Dear Neighbour and Supporter.


Thank you to so many of you for being first away from the starting gate in the Coddenham Community Shop Share Purchase Stakes!


We have got off to a really flying start in the first week, being nearly 80% towards our first £20,000 hurdle.


We do however need to clear this first hurdle, with the winnings in the bank, as quickly as possible and really in the next few days, before we can do anything serious towards opening the shop - which means sign the lease, order any equipment, book any services, employ staff, reserve stock etc, etc.


So, can I please ask any of you who have not done it yet, to find a few minutes this weekend (maybe in between Wimbledon, the cricket and the motor racing) to confirm your pledges and send in your share application, with your cheque or bank transfer to the Membership Secretary, Elaine Thomas.


I understand that some may also have had problems with the original PdF application form which sometimes can be difficult to use with some computer system software. If you need a hard copy of the prospectus and application form, just drop me an e-mail and I will get one over to you.


Thank you again for all your support. I hope to speak to you again soon from much nearer the winning post !




Rod Stanley-Bell



Chair, Coddenham Community Shop Ltd


Dear Neighbours,


The shop is very close to re-opening – we are aiming for mid- late September.


We have reached our target figure thanks to all of you who have bought shares or kindly made donations; the shop is well on its way to being re-painted and fitted out; and we have a Manager who will be working with the committee on purchasing stock etc.  


BUT we won’t be able to open without YOU!!  We still need a few more willing helpers to come forward to serve in the shop.  Many thanks to all those wonderful people who have already come forward, for which we are very grateful.


If you are willing and able to offer some of your time to help in the shop, please have a read of the Volunteer Handbook attached, and complete the attached application form also attached.  We would also like to invite you to Volunteer sessions at Haysel House on Thursday 29th August at either 2.30 p.m. or 7.30 p.m., where you can meet the manager, the shop committee and each other as well as learning more about what it means to work in our wonderful new shop.


More information and application forms available at Haysel House, the shop itself (if open) or myself at 3 Church Cottages.

Elaine Thomas




Dear Neighbour and Supporter.


Thank you again for your pledges of financial support to Coddenham Community Shop Ltd.


I am very pleased now to issue the formal Community Share Prospectus and share purchase application form.


Please take the time to read the prospectus carefully – it is an important document that outlines all the details about the share offer, the benefits and the obligations involved.


With the share issue, time is of the essence as it will only be when we have reached our minimum target for share purchase (£20,000) and have the money in the bank, that we will be able to make the financial decisions necessary to enable us to open the shop.


When you are happy to proceed, please complete and return the share application form with your payment to us as soon as possible and certainly before the closing date of August 2nd.


If paying by cheque, please send your cheque and completed application form to: Elaine Thomas, Membership Secretary, Coddenham Community Shop Ltd, 3 Church Cottages, Church Rd, Coddenham, Ipswich. IP6 9PZ


If paying by bank transfer, you can e-mail your completed application form to the Membership Secretary at: elt@btinternet.com or post it to the above address.

As always, if you have questions on any of this, please contact myself (Rod Stanley-Bell) at rodstanleybell@btinternet.com or our Membership Secretary (Elaine Thomas) at elt@btinternet.com – or any members of the committee who will all be happy to help.


Thanks again for all your support.


Rod Stanley-Bell


Chair - Coddenham Community Shop Ltd.

Coddenham Village Shop Update




Dear Neighbour and Supporter.


After just 2 weeks of the share purchase issue we have not only passed the first £20,000 hurdle, which enables us to sign the shop lease, but with a week still to go, and with more than £30,000 in the bank, we are within half a length of achieving 100% fulfillment of the share pleges made - a remarkable achievement  - thank you all.


As we come into that final furlong, it's important now that we keep up the momentum to get those few last remaining  pledges converted into shares by the August 2nd deadline. When this happens it will mean we know the funds are there to invest in and deliver the top quality, flying start we all want for the community shop, right from Day 1.


So, can I please ask any of you who have not done it yet, to find a few minutes, in the next few days (especially if you are just about to go on holiday!)  to confirm your pledges and send in your share application, with your cheque or bank transfer to the Membership Secretary, Elaine Thomas.


Thank you all again for your tremendous support. I hope to speak to you again very soon  - and I hope it will be from the Winners Enclosure!

Cheers Rod Stanley-Bell

Chair, Coddenham Community Shop Ltd

The BBC's Tim Muffett spent several hours here today (Monday 29 July) together with a rep from the Prince's Countryside Trust, filming around the village and interviewing members of the Community Shop Committee and local residents of all ages. The item ties in with the launch of a Prince's Countryside Trust report on rural deprivation and loss of facilities, and communities' efforts to tackle them.


BBC Photos

Dear Neighbour and Supporter.

The view from the Winner's Enclosure is pretty good.

From here I can see the shop re-fit underway, a new manager appointed, a September opening on the horizon - and at nearly £40,000, a magnificently subscribed share purchase.

Thank you to every one of you for contributing to this success.

The real work however, starts here!

Many of you are about to be invited to a Volunteers Open Meeting on 29th August, or to help with the team to working on re-decorating the shop, or to help with a number of other interesting projects to get the show on the road as quickly as possible.

This community shop is going to be YOUR community shop - and the more we all put in, the better it will be.

Let's make it happen.

Thanks again. Rod Stanley-Bell

Volunteer application Volunteer hand book