The first of the shops in the village centre is now open! (Please excuse the very poor photo from my phone!) It is a one stop convenience store (which I think is another brand of Tesco), selling food and drink, newspapers and magazines and other household items. On their first day open I’ve already met a number of people who are very happy to have a local shop within walking distance. I hope it will act as a natural centre to the community and it will at least give me something to walk to (other than the post box). Coming soon should be a coffee shop, Chinese take away, chippy, Indian take away and restaurant, florist, hair salon, estate agents, and others.
Update 06/12/10: The Coffee Shop is now open and served very nice Illy branded coffee. Next ot is is a lovely florist/craft shop and a hair salon too!
And here’s a better photo of the conveinience store: