Devon

Ide villagers raise funds to open a permanent shop

The old shop was in a portacabin
Image caption Ide Community Shop will open seven days a week

A community shop run by 50 volunteers has opened in a village near Exeter.

Ide village post office shut in March 2000, and residents gathered to open a temporary shop in a portable cabin.

After a fundraising effort by residents, the community has now purchased an old building in the village to house a new shop.

Trevor Gardner, one of the volunteers, said: "It's a beautiful shop. It is really something the whole community has got involved in."

He added: "Ide is a remarkable place. People have given their time.

"We've got 50 people who run that shop week in, week out. We're open seven days a week. It's amazing."

Many residents have helped to paint the walls, build shelves and units.

The shop has been financed through £70,000 raised from the villagers and £80,000 through grants.

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