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Farming Today This Week: Rural Services

The latest news about food, farming and the countryside. Sybil Ruscoe meets the volunteers who run the village shop, cafe and postal service, as rural services are under threat.

Sybil Ruscoe is at the Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop in the Forest of Dean - built and run by local people to fill the gaps left when local services disappeared. It's one of a growing number of community enterprises springing up in rural areas. It also provides a cafe, wifi, office space and some postal services.

We also meet people in Derbyshire who've bought their local pub; campaigners in Somerset who fought to save the town's last bank and a man in Northumberland who put his own money into starting up a rural bus service when existing routes were lost.

Producer: Sally Challoner.

27 minutes