Thanks to valued Kirkmichael volunteers

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VOLUNTEERS at Kirkmichael Community Shop were celebrated last week for the work they do to keep the village supplied.

With more than 40 voluntary staff and two dedicated managers, Alison Duffin and Isi Nimmo, the community shop and Jock’s Cafe have become popular local facilities.

But with work not just in serving customers, but including making rotas, accounting, sign writing, and ordering stock, Friday saw their efforts appreciated.

“A community shop is a bit like a swan,” a shop spokesperson said. “There are dozens of unseen people who are paddling madly below the surface in order to keep the whole thing moving serenely along.

“Over the summer, the shop did a roaring trade in takeaway rolls and snacks for the many visitors to the village, workmen as well as tourists. The delicious home baking by Isi is probably the best in the area, and the shop stocks an excellent range of products from everyday ‘convenience’ items - including locally-grown fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, meat products and award winning village cheese.”

With an emphasis on local produce the shop is already expanding its range to include special food items for Christmas: sweets, jams and pickles. And all profits go straight back into keeping the shop running as a convenience for the community.

The shop is open every day, but is closed from 1–3pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This is only due to a shortage of volunteers, so if you live in the area and fancy volunteering for those times, they would be delighted to hear from you (full training will be provided).

The cosy cafe – named for Jock, the village plumber, sweep and handyman whose workshop it once was - is open from Thursday until Sunday from 10am till 4pm for a variety of snacks, light lunches and home baking.