Belford Community Group is a charitable organisation which was formed as a result of the closure of the gifting of the former Barclays Bank Building to the community. Belford Community Group aims to promote and encourage a sense of community in Belford and the immediate surrounding area.
Following the results of a survey to all households in the village, the Group has purchased the Old Spar premises on the High Street. This hopes to have a twofold purpose:
To provide a High Street presence for all aspects of Belford community. Notice boards and pamphlet racks will be placed immediately visible to advertise what Belford has to offer. Clubs, societies, churches, schools, Bell View, local trades, accommodation, places to eat and many more will be invited to use that area to advertise what they offer to our community. A seating area will be placed to enable visitors and locals alike to browse the various leaflets and pamphlets which we hope will be on offer.
A shop area selling second hand goods will form part of the premises. This is necessary to fund heating, lighting and other overhead costs. It will be staffed by unpaid volunteers.
A toilet with disabled access and a kitchen have been located in the property. We also have a pleasant patio area at the back which will be available for public use on those hot summer days which we hope for.
We hope to begin a series of village markets. More details to follow. We will provide tables for anyone from which they may sell any manner of goods. The tables will be free although the Group would welcome a contribution from any profits made.
So as not to compete with our excellent local coffee shop we will not be making tea or coffee available whilst the Well House Coffee Shop is open. When it is closed, however, we will be able to offer coffee, tea and biscuits.
The Group has, in conjunction with the expertise of Fiona Renner-Thompson and local historian and author, Jane Bowen, set up a sub committee which has applied for grant funding to convert two of the rooms in our Reading Room building into a permanent Hidden History Exhibition.