About Barkers of Huby

Barkers of Huby

Barkers of Huby is an inspiring example of what a community can achieve when it comes together for a common purpose. 420 residents in Huby and Sutton villages became shareholders in a new Community Benefit Society in May 2015 to take over and operate the village shop and post office as a not-for-profit community enterprise. Volunteers young and old have been inspired to get involved, serving in the shop, receiving stock, cleaning, opening up for morning newspapers and getting involved in all aspects of the shop.

The shop ready to welcome customers
aerial picture of lots of people outside Barkers of Huby June 2015
The shop has become a social hub for the village and the Management Committee organise community events around milestones in the shop’s journey. In June 2015, they organised a group photo outside the shop, with over 120 shareholders taking part & enjoying cake.

Award winning

The shop and business is run by volunteers on a professional basis and became a finalist in the Countryside Alliance Awards for best village shop and post office in their first year of operation. In 2017 we were winners of the Rural Co-operative Community Awards.

See here for other awards

A not for profit legal entity

Although the shop is based in Huby, it very much serves the two villages of Huby and Sutton, and the legal entity formed reflected this partnership when created as Huby and Sutton Community Shop Ltd. 420 local residents are non-for-profit shareholders, which provides a strong partnership for decision making and ownership. At AGM’s held each year in September shareholders hear from the 9 strong shop management committee, receive annual accounts and replace any retiring management committee members. See here for the AGM minutes and accounts.

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