the village green

A community-owned & run grocer for Marsden
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Email Ordering & Stock List

We are currently offering a full ordering and delivery service free of charge during the Corona Virus lockdown.

Download the PDF leaflet below for full details and an outline stock list for our range.

News

We're Hiring a Shop Employee! (July 2020)

We’re looking for someone that is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about food, has retail experience can work as part of a small, close-knit team.

Good communication skills are required as applicants will need to be able to lift vegetable boxes and bags.

The role will be for 20 hours a week and the pay rate for employees over 25 is £9.50 per hour.

Download all the documents below containing full details of The Village Green and we see new employees fitting in.

We're hiring a Manager!

Marsden Grocery Community Benefit Society is looking to appoint a new manager for The Village Green, Marsden’s community-owned grocery shop, based at 5 Peel Street, Marsden.

We welcome applications from people with a proven track-record in retail management and business development, a strong interest in sustainable food and a desire to work in a community-owned business.

This is a full-time post and the annual basic salary is £23,712 p.a.

For a copy of the job description and person specification, please contact the Board at marsdengrocerycoop@gmail.com.

Communications should be marked ‘Shop Manager’.

Closing date: Friday 5 June
Interviews: Week beginning 15th June

Marsden Help

We’ve launched ‘Marsden Help’ to assist with the distribution of essential supplies and support to families affected by COVID-19

As demand has risen, we have taken the decision to move the day to day operation out of the shop.

You can contact the help team on marsdenhelp@gmail.com or call/txt 07434 930993

Launch of Marsden Village Relience Fund

The Village Green is setting-up a Resilience Fund which will be used to create a food box scheme to help people in the village who are struggling.

We will be working with other local businesses and organisations and with support of Cllr Rob Walker.

MARSDEN, YOU DID IT!

We can confirm we made the minimum investment value, with over £50,000 of share funds already cleared. As importantly, we smashed our 300 shareholder target, with 396 different shareholders.

We’re planning an opening date of Friday 15th November.

We can now confirm we also qualify for the share booster scheme, who now only need to invest less than £10,000.

On behalf of the Directors of the Society, we thank you all.

We're Hiring

The Village Green is pleased to present the application for our first posts at the shop – Shop Manager and Worker. Full information is available in the pack. The downloads allow you to get the pack as a single zip file or individual files.

The closing date for applications is Saturday 28th September at 12 noon.

Cuckoo's Nest Grant

Great News! Marsden’s own, fantastic, Cuckoo’s Nest have given us £1,950 towards the refitting of the new cooperative shop.

We’re so grateful. Thank you!

Hive Support

After rigorous application, we’ve just found out that Hive, who provide expert business support for cooperatives, have offered us four days help to refine our business plan and develop the share offer. This is really important in helping make us a more rubust organisation.

Find out more about Hive here »

Support will come from Mark Simmonds, a coops expert from Hebden Bridge who has just finished helping Kirklees Solidarity Economy Network develop their business plan for a domiciliary care cooperative here in the upper Colne Valley.

A Home!

Our most exciting news is that we’ve secured premises. We are taking on what was Magic Box, next to the Post Office.

There is lots of internal and external work to do on the shop to accomodate us but we will be opening in early October.

What the steering group have done so far

  • Consulted with the people of the village and got positive support (100 people at first meeting, 400 took part in ‘name our shop’ survey)
  • A name, ‘The Village Green’ has been chosen by public survey
  • The steering group has drawn up a constitution, developed a business plan and set out financial projections
  • Been accepted for SpaceHive a community funding organisation to match-fund for important resources for the shop.
  • Research is ongoing, finding out from other cooperatives about how they were set up and what is working well.
  • We have an active and energetic group of people who are committed to making this happen for our village

Marsden's Community Grocery, 'The Village Green' aims to

  • create a financially viable shop supplying affordable, high-quality food (including fresh fruit and vegetables) in the village of Marsden
  • use the community share issue and cooperative model to give local people a means of shaping and developing the business
  • provide and sustain good quality jobs which will be paid as well as the business can afford
  • enable people in the community to live healthier and more environmentally sustainable lives
  • contribute to the development of a viable and sustainable high street and local economy
  • use the model of cooperation to build strong relationships with other community-owned businesses and independent retailers, as well as within the wider local economy

(as stated in our constitution, November 2018)

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Documents

PDF - General info about The Village Green & Cooperatives - 30th November 2018 »
PDF - Steering Group Meeting minutes - 23rd October 2018 »
PDF - Notes from the Launch meeting - 29th Sept '18 »
PDF - Wants/Likes and Dislikes for the Cooperative »