Within sight of the Village Shop’s 37th birthday, the Shop Committee bowed to the inevitable and accepted that it could not continue trading.


Since its formation, as the first Community Shop in Essex, much has changed. Competition from an ever increasing number of local supermarkets, dwindling customer numbers and on-line shopping finally took their toll. A small profit turned into a loss, with every indication that it could spiral out of control. The Shop Constitution does not permit this state of affairs to exist, so the door was finally closed to all customers at midday on 21st December.


Is there hope for the future? A nucleus of local residents is in the process of establishing a limited liability company to acquire the remaining stock, to enable the Shop Committee to settle all of its debts. It is understood that a new team is being assembled to run the new venture, which is anticipated to be operational early in the New Year. Until then the Shop and Post Office will remain closed.


The Shop Committee are very appreciative of the support of loyal customers and volunteers who have been involved with the Shop since it started life in a secondhand caravan in the recreation ground car park in January 1982. That it has kept going until now is a cause for celebration, and it was pleasing to note that on the final day of trading, among other well-wishers, most of the former Managers were present to raise a glass to its former success.


22nd December 2018





Debden Village Shop
Mill Road
CB11 3LB