Paterson’s Bakery has been at the heart of Carradale for longer than most residents can remember, so the revelation in 2018 that it was to close came as a shock to everyone.
This would mean more than the loss of a retail outlet. Paterson’s had always been the village’s social hub: a place to stop and chat with friends and neighbours and catch up on what was happening locally and beyond.
At the news of the impending closure, residents were galvanised into action. At a packed public meeting in the village hall in June 2018 the Chairs of Carradale Community Trust (CCT) and East Kintyre Community Council spoke of efforts already under way to keep the shop on as a going concern. CCT took the lead by exploring ways the premises might be purchased as a community asset . . . however by August the inevitable happened and the shop finally closed its doors.
Thankfully, this is not the end of the story.
CCT began exploring alternative options and by October 2018 a business plan had been prepared. The lead for this was almost entirely down to the efforts of trustees David and Lesley Prag, who led the Temporary Shop Group. By January 2019 they had gained the agreement of CCT and the Village Hall, as well as securing financial backing from the Wind Farm Trust and the local salmon farm owners, to set up a temporary store. In March 2019 the village took delivery of a ready-made portable cabin, which was placed beside the hall. With power connected and stock on the shelves, the Temporary Shop opened for business in early April.
Local volunteers now staff the shop six days a week and the facility has proved successful and popular with residents and visitors.
This is not, however, the end of the story as CCT continues to pursue its mission to reopen a permanent shop in Carradale and breathe life back into the heart of Carradale.
Address: Carradale Temporary Shop, Carradale Village Hall, Carradale, PA28 6QG
Carradale Community Trust Report - Temporary Shop (06/08/20)
The Carradale Temporary Shop (CTS) has had a very good year. At the start of the year, we introduced a card reader to allow us to take card payments and this quickly proved to be a success. Since the lockdown, it has proved invaluable, with card payments regularly exceeding 50% of the takings.
When the lockdown kicked in, the CTS came into its own, providing a vital lifeline not only for the elderly and vulnerable but also for the whole community.
We not only wish to thank them for their support but also the band of volunteers, past and present, for making the shop such a success.
Thanks to a grant from a Highlands and Islands Covid-19 Emergency Resilience Fund, we now have a new, much larger display fridge, and a new upright display freezer. This meant we could increase our stock levels, with the goods inside more easily viewed.
We are now registered and licenced to sell tobacco products; this has proved to be even more successful than expected.
The latest improvement has been the introduction of a new Epos system to replace the old till. This is not only easier for our volunteer staff to use but also automatically updates our inventory. This means better control of stock levels and easier ordering of products.
We are continuously reviewing our stock, replacing slow-moving items with more popular or requested products, and hope to continue to provide a much-needed service to the village.
Carradale Community Trust - Permanent Shop Funding Report (06/08/20)
Following receipt of Stage 1 funding from the Scottish Land Fund we commissioned an updated survey and valuation of Paterson’s Bakery and the land behind. This enabled us to submit a formal written offer to Angela Arkell, conditional upon our obtaining funds from SLF to purchase the property and complete the required repairs and refurbishment.
We also obtained funds from the Windfarm Trust to instruct a firm of professionals in Glasgow (INCH) to prepare a Business Plan (BP) combined with architectural drawings showing our proposals for the property: Phase 1 to do essential repairs, refurbish and re-open and Phase 2 to show further proposals for improvement and development in the future.
The BP, with drawings, was submitted to SLF in June for a Stage 2 application which, if successful, will provide funds for the purchase. We expect to hear by the end of August.
We have the promise of substantial funds towards the cost of repairs and refurbishment, so if we get the SLF funds we are confident, in the not too distant future, we will again have a permanent (and refurbished) shop in the village.
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