Welcome to Reynoldston Community Shop


Tim Clements, our friend and treasurer, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday 14th May.

Tim was a huge personality who brought an indomitable vitality, enthusiasm and joy to everything that he did. He played a leading role in the successful establishment and operation of Reynoldston Community Shop Limited, and we will all miss him immensely.

Under the circumstances, we have decided to postpone the RCS Annual Members’ Meeting that was scheduled for this Friday 19th May. We are sure that you will understand, and we ask that you look out for announcements with a revised date.

Our love, prayers and heartfelt condolences are with Jennie and the family at this heart-breaking time.


The first meeting for the Reynoldston Community Shop Members was held on the 11th November in Reynoldston Village Hall. This was very well attended and we all enjoyed a lively meeting with some interesting discussion, followed by refereshments and a chance to chat.

We now have a page dedicated to the Minutes or you can follow the link here

STOP  PRESS 7th APRIL …………………….

Although we are progressing the Post Mistress application process, the Post Office is moving more slowly than we had hoped.  The RCS Committee has therefore decided, reluctantly, to postpone the launch of the new venture that was originally advertised for 25 April.  We think that it is more likely now to take place towards the end of May – please bear with us as we navigate through the process, and look out for the new date.  We expect to be able to give you at least 2 weeks notice.


With your support we are making positive progress towards saving the Reynoldston Post Office and Shop – we have achieved a great deal since my last update.

So far, 183 people from Reynoldston and the surrounding community have invested in the community benefit society – including a number of “ex pat” investors from around the UK.  Between us we have invested just over £105,000 which will be used to purchase the building and to cover legal and conveyancing fees.

In addition to your investment capital, we have been awarded and received grants from a number of agencies, and received donations from the Methodist Chapel and from the Reynoldston Society.  This money will be used to refurbish the shop and to cover ongoing expenses.  Once we have taken possession of the building we will also be submitting an application to the Post Office Community Fund for a grant that will be used to refit the shop and Post Office counter.  It’s all very exciting, but still, every penny will help!

Through a competitive process we have now chosen someone to run the shop and Post Office on our behalf – Helen Lewis currently lives in Knelston, and will be moving to Reynoldston once she has renovated her cottage in the village.  We’ll tell you more about Helen in the next update, but for the moment she is progressing her application with the Post Office to be our Post Mistress.

As you can imagine, this is a slow and bureaucratic process, so please bear with us as we navigate our way through the Post Office process.  It is important that both the PO application process and property conveyancing complete satisfactorily before we can finally commit to a date for Helen to take over the shop.  In the meantime, I am pleased to be able to report that Deb and Sheena are committed to continuing to work in the Post Office to ensure that it remains open during the transition.

Finally, a date for your diary.  We are hoping to exchange contracts in the latter half of April, so I would like to invite you all to the first Reynoldston Community Shop Limited Members’ Meeting.  We have tentatively booked the Village Hall on Monday 25th April at 7.30pm, and hope to see all of our investors there.  However, plans may change so please watch out for further updates to confirm the date, time and venue.

Thank you all once again for investing in Reynoldston Community Shop Limited, and for all your help, support and good wishes.  We are very nearly there …

With very best wishes,

Laurence Carpanini and the Reynoldston Community Shop Limited Management Committee