Hallbankgate Hub is located in the heart of Hallbankgate village, which is situated on the edge of North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its distinctive landscape of high moorland and broad upland dales in the North of England.
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In December 2014 we were told that our village Co-op would close in April 2015. This came as a shock to the village and a public meeting was called with over 100 people showing their interest and enthusiasm for the setting up of a community shop. From then on we have been working tirelessly to make this a reality.
A steering group was quickly formed of people from Hallbankgate and the surrounding villages. At the first meeting three work groups were appointed to develop a business plan, create a facebook page and website, and to design and circulate a questionnaire.
Our mission is to become more than just a shop and Hallbankgate Hub is what we have called ourselves. We see the shop as being just that – the hub of the village with a tea room, Wi-Fi computer and printer. We want to supply local produce and home baking, and provide services such as prescription collection and parcel drop off, in addition to the existing post office and library outposts.
There will be an information resource for visitors and space for display panels showing the history of the area, and for local arts and crafts.
We are proud of our village and our sense of community and togetherness. It has always been said of Hallbankgate that we have everything we need on our doorstep, school, pub, garage – and shop. Without the shop we will lose such an important part of what we are.
The shop has been there for around 140 years and we can’t be seen as the generation who just let it go.
This is just the start of the story.