The story behind the store
Michael Pearson, a retired lawyer living in Barham and one of the driving forces charged with putting Barham Village Store on the map, is in no doubt as to the reason for the venture’s success:
The Henry Smith Charity, Kent County Council, Jali Ltd, Barham Parish Council, Plunkett Foundation and Atherton Grassroots Fund. Special thanks go to the Plunkett Foundation and ARCK (Action with communities in Rural Kent) to whom we are particularly indebted for help and advice.
The fact that the shop has taken hold of the heart of this little corner of Kentish heaven is not surprising when you consider how much work has gone into it. The interior is clean, fresh and bright, the shelves are stacked high with local produce and the post office provides a much needed and much used service for local residents.
This is a place that encapsulates the spirit of the English country idyll and one that deserves to be recognised as a very special and beloved institution. (Verve Article)
I started volunteering in the store for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award but have enjoyed it so much I am now working towards my Silver. There are quite a few over 16s using volunteering in the shop as a way of gaining their DofE.