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During the coming months you will see some exciting changes in our community facility.
We will rebrand our Community Shop and Hub under a new banner
Why are we making this change?
Today, thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, both past and presents, and with the support of the whole community, we are more than a successful community shop.
Gawsworth Hub “Serving our community” was chosen as our new name and strap line as we felt that it encapsulates who we are and what we stand for.
Gawsworth Hub is situated in the heart of the village, and it offers a wide range of activities owned, and run, by the community for the community.
Gawsworth Hub includes a
9 July 2021 – Ray Shaw, the longstanding and acclaimed Chairman of Gawsworth Community Shop, is to step down from his role. A new chairperson will be appointed later this year and the recruitment process to find Ray’s successor is now underway.
In the interim period, Ray will assist the Board to implement a new IT infrastructure comprising electronic point of sale hardware and software and a modern website to help the shop run more effectively. Ray’s wife, Val Shaw, will also relinquish her director’s position on the community shop’s Board as the pair prepare to enjoy retirement following their outstanding contribution for the people of Gawsworth parish.
“I have achieved everything that I set out to do five years ago and feel that now is the right time to handover to a new chairperson to deliver the Board’s vision for the next phase. I look forward to working with them to ensure a smooth transition”, said Ray Shaw.
Following a background in IT consultancy Ray Shaw has given ten years of dedicated volunteer service to Gawsworth Shop fulfilling several roles, including Company Secretary and Deputy Manager shortly after the shop opened in March 2011. In 2016, Ray became Chairman and has played a leading role in preserving the future of the last remaining shop in the Gawsworth community.
Under Ray’s guidance, Gawsworth Community Shop celebrated its tenth anniversary in March. More recently, the shop has been transformed into a community hub with a bright future ahead which will deliver a wide range of new benefits to the local community. The hub will formally be opened later this year.
“Transforming a village shop into a community hub has been a complex and hugely challenging project. It has also been an immensely rewarding one, not just for me personally, but because it provides facilities that many communities lack,” explained Ray Shaw.
“It has required an enormous team effort from the start. I want to thank all our volunteers, employees, directors, shareholders and funding organisations for their support, commitment and effort, as without them, it would not have turned out to be the success it has been,” continued Ray.
The search has begun to appoint a new chairperson for Gawsworth Community Shop by the end of this year. Interested candidates should email firstname.lastname@example.org with a covering letter outlining their suitability for this volunteer-based role, or contact HR coordinator Daryl Williams for an initial discussion on 07967 408865. The closing date for applications is 31 August.
Cheshire East Council will be carrying out structural patching along Congleton Road, Gawsworth and will take approximately 13 days to complete, commencing from 13 October 2020.
The scheme has been carefully planned to minimise disruption to local residents, businesses and members of the travelling public.
When it’s happening
The works are programmed to begin from Tuesday 13 October to Thursday 29 October 2020 between the hours of 09:30 – 16:30 (excluding weekends). Please note that occasionally the works have to be changed at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances such as adverse weather conditions or logistics.
Under current Health & Safety legislation and for the safety of our workforce and members of the public, it will be necessary for a road closure to be in place during the works.
Every effort will be made to maintain vehicular access to residents and businesses, but there will inevitably be some inconvenience. For enquiries contact Cheshire East Highways on 0300 123 5020.
In March 2019 the Parish Council submitted a detailed report on the community’s concerns about highway safety on the A536. The report, available below, highlighted that between October 2012 and May 2017 there were 64 personal injury accidents on a 12km stretch of the A536 between Congleton and Macclesfield.
The report contained suggestions to improve highway safety. This report was submitted to Cheshire East Highways Officers – no response was received.
The Parish Council has continued to chase Cheshire East for a response, but to date none has been recieved.
Doorstep delivery of milk and more by Heather, Dennis and Danny has been something Gawsworth residents have valued for very many years.
The Newton family are going to extraordinary lengths to keep us supplied during the crisis. They have over 200 new customers and now serve almost 1000 households. Danny did a great job for Newtons and for Gawsworth when he was interviewed on BBC North West recently.
We are all so grateful and so proud of the Newtons Dairy team.
Follow them on Facebook and meet the cows that make your milk.
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