Meet the Welsh villagers fighting to save their shop and post office Residents in the Gower village of Reynoldston are seeking to raise £120,000 through a community share offer to buy the only shop and Post Office in the village. The share offer deadline is 29 January 2016. Reynoldston Post Office and shop had been on the market for over two years without attracting a buyer. In 2015 the current Post Mistress served notice to the Reynoldston Community Council that she intended to close the post office at the end of the year. In recognition of the importance of the post office to the village and the surrounding communities, a small start-up team was formed and, with Plunkett Foundation’s help, began a community consultation exercise to establish whether or not the community supported a plan to safeguard the future of the shop and post office. One of the key drivers behind saving the shop was the desire to provide a welcoming community hub for the village, to reduce social isolation and give general support to residents. With the unanimous support of nearly 200 community members, the project began in earnest. Donna Smith, Frontline Project Manager, said: “We’ve been supporting the community from the early stages, and we’ve helped them to set up a community benefit society using our model rules*, which have been developed specially for community shops. We recommend that communities adopt legal structures that enable genuine community ownership with equal and democratic control, and the majority of community co-operatives are registered as community benefit societies.” Reynoldston Community Shop Ltd has made an offer to buy the premises which has been accepted, so the next steps will be to secure the finance required. For more information about the project visit http://www.reynoldstoncommunityshop.wales/ *Plunkett Foundation members benefit from a discounted rate when registering as a Community Benefit Society using our model rules – members pay £310, compared with the non-discounted rate of £570. However, please do note that if you’d like to make any changes to the Model Rules that this will incur additional costs.