Shopping in shipping container for Rowde shop revamp
8:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in Latest News
Rowde's community shop has been trading in unusual premises over the past week as building work goes on in its usual home.
Villagers and passing motorists have been diverted to a huge shipping container in the grounds of the house opposite Marsh Lane while builders carry out essential remodelling of the shop in the former garage at the side of the Cross Keys Inn.
A new staircase to the first floor office has been built by local joiner Bernie Davies, to comply with health and safety regulations, and the toilet has been moved close to it, leaving room for a kitchen to be fitted at the rear of the shop.
The cost of the refurbishment has been covered by grants from Devizes Area Board, the Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon and individual donations.
The committee that runs Rowde’s community village shop has thanked residents for their help during the refurbishment of the store.
Jan Barber, committee chairman, said: “We have been able to trade throughout the refit thanks to Robbie and Mike Edmunds’ help in allowing us to place a container on their premises.
“The cost of this has been supported by donations by villager Neil Mortimer of Kennet Print and Alan Watters and Ann Swan. The builders, Wilkins Builders Ltd, have been amazing in completing the work in record time.
“Many villagers have been so helpful in transporting stock across the road, both ways, and helping with the cleaning and painting. This means we now fully comply with safety regulations.
“We welcome everyone to come and see the new improvements.
“A huge thank you to every one that has helped us achieve this. It is much appreciated.”
The work has not been without its problems. The portable building they were going to use while the work was going on failed to materialise and it was only through the help of yet another villager that the shipping container was obtained in time.
Mrs Barber said she hoped that the shop would be back on its usual site today.
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