Welcome! and Introduction
This page and it's subsidiary pages will tell you about the creation of our shop, it's history and some of the enthusiasms of our members. To find the subsidiary pages, let the mouse hover over the page title "About Us" in the menu list above and a list of pages will appear for you to pick from. These pages will be added to from time to time.
When it was known that the local shop was scheduled to close, a group of concerned local people met together to explore any ways in which the community could respond by supporting the continuation of the shop. As a result Bathford Enterprise For All (BEFA) Limited was established in November 2005 as a non profit-making enterprise, since registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (registration number 30025R). It is owned by the community and for the benefit of the community.
The aims of BEFA were stated as:
1. Develop and sustain a community shop within the Parish
2. Operate the shop as a Community Co-operative where the members are part owners
3. Provide retail goods and services from a convenient location to all the residents, with a product range determined by the needs and wishes of the community with an emphasis on locally sourced goods
4. Promote, encourage and provide a central meeting point and a centre for community information
5. Support local businesses and the local economy by providing an outlet for local fresh and processed produce and local products such as art work, needlecraft and stationery.
6. Provide a delivery service for residents without transport, residents confined to the home, residents who are less mobile and others who would benefit from a delivery service.
BEFA took over the running of the shop on May 1st 2006 and it opened to the public on May 5th 2006.
Whilst the shop will need to be self-sustaining in financial terms, the key to BEFA’s philosophy is community service and benefit.
An additional service is to provide a delivery service to the local elderly or housebound, and also become a centre for local information. In its wider ambitions to possibly enable a LETS and Credit Union, BEFA has the potential to consolidate its role in developing a self-help sustainable community.
Membership is open to all and costs £10 for a share. Members will be expected to play a full part in the democratic control of the co-operative.
BEFA is grateful for the support it has received from the Co-operative Group, Bathford Parish Council, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Community Action and a number of donations from private individuals.