Shop Is Open All Hours Again
The shop in Barrasford has opened for business once more
after closing its doors to customers nearly four years ago.
Gone is the
Bacon Slicer and freshly cut cheese served to customers
by the Johnson family, Sheila Hepworth, Kathy James and
Sara Bell in decades past.
This has been
replaced by a swish modern retail unit allowing customers
to browse the shelves before choosing from a contemporary
array of produce, including alcohol!
is now open until 7pm and has already proved a hit with
locals for the convenience of being able to nip out and
buy a newspaper without having to pay costly rates to have
your local paper delivered through your letterbox after
you have gone to work.
Two of the first
customers to Barrasford Shop included a Dalek and Father
Christmas, rich praise indeed for an essential local service
open to serve the expanding population of the village. Despite
these famous endorsements the shop remains a local shop
for local people - you'll have no trouble here finding all
your essential groceries, cigarettes, beers and other items.
shop will once again provide employment for local residents
once Clive and Sue Oddy have settled in.
It was reported
in the Hexham Courant on 22nd December 2006 that:
village shop re-opened under new ownership on Saturday,
after closing almost four years ago.
Clive and Sue Oddy, plan to run the store with family help
alongside their already established shop at Scots Gap.
show the people of Barrasford have had a shop in the village
since the early part of the 18th century.
The Reed family
ran this during the earlier years, until it was taken over
by the Johnsons.
and her late husband Alan, along with their sons Malcolm
and Robert, took over the business in 1957 and continued
to run it as a family concern until early 2003.
Ill health forced
the family to close the shop, but Mrs Johnson has remained
in the village ever since.
was invited to perform the re-opening ceremony, and reminded
people that in bygone days the shop sold everything from
peaches to peat salt, as well as the paraffin that kept
lamps burning around the village.
A good number
of local people gathered to wish the new owners well, and
to see Santa and a full-sized Dalek make an appearance,
armed with treats for the children.
Mrs Oddy said:
“We felt that having given almost 50 years service to the
village, the Johnson family should be at the centre of the
occasion. We were thrilled to have Grace accept our offer
to be guest of honour on the day.
a very emotional affair for us, as we can appreciate just
how much hard work they had put in over the years.”
refurbished shop offers local people access to newspapers,
magazines and grocery items, including fresh bread delivered
daily from Rothbury, with fresh fruit and vegetables being
supplied from Otterburn.
service will also help villagers get the festive season
underway, without having to travel to pick up the essentials
Mr and Mrs Oddy
took over the running of the village shop in Scots Gap,
with help from their son David, in 2003. Later they were
joined by daughter Debbie and it became a family run business.
Mr Oddy said:
“We understand how important it is that village shops survive
as they play a vital roll in the community.
“Not every family
has a car or access to regular public transport that allows
them to pop out and get basic everyday items such as bread
the new shop at Barrasford will initially be run by us,
along with David, but once established could offer part-time
employment for someone locally.”
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