Cheswick Village store opening supports school’s community alliance

The Southern Co-operative’s new neighbourhood food store at Cheswick Village in Stoke Gifford near Bristol, was officially opened by children from Wallscourt Farm Academy, Noodle the school dog and their Principal, Susie Weaver (22 July).

16 jobs have been created for local people at the new store in Longdown Avenue, Cheswick Village, which is open seven days a week from 7am – 11pm. In addition to a bespoke range of produce, ready meals and an instore bakery, the store includes a Paypoint, Lottery and free to use ATM plus a Post Office counter service which will be open throughout the store’s opening hours. This will offer general postage and parcel services, mail re-direction and bank services. The store opening is the latest for the independent regional retailer, The Southern Co-operative, whose nearest stores to Cheswick Village include North Road in Stoke Gifford, plus Two Mile Hill Road and Church Road in Bristol.

The Southern Co-operative Cheswick Village store opening with Wallscourt Farm Academy 22 July 2015

Pupils from Wallscourt Farm Academy opening the new The Southern Co-operative Cheswick Village store 22 July 2015

Children, Noodle the school dog and Principal Susie Weaver from Wallscourt Farm Academy joined Store Manager Simon Daly to cut the ribbon and officially open the store.

We are delighted to have been invited to the opening of this new local business, and some children came back to school, even though it is the school holidays, to join in! As a brand new academy, at the heart of a new and developing community, we have really focused on connecting community and working with others to ensure the school is a hub of community activity. We link with UWE, as one of the sponsors of the Cabot Learning Federation. Our Noodle Network is our Business and Community partnership, and we run a group called the Community Cultivation Alliance, made up of families to develop a group that would work alongside the School and the Academy Council to bring the community together. They work together to plan a range of community events and experiences. We are really keen that we connect with local businesses to create meaningful and purposeful learning experiences for our children.Susie Weaver, Wallscourt Farm Academy Principal

Village resident and Occupational Therapist Lucy Kibria, who visited the store on opening day with her 14 year old son, Darin, commented how pleased she was to see that i-viewer magnifiers have been installed on the shelves to help visually impaired shoppers read product labels.

I was really surprised to see these magnifiers; my son is visually impaired so I’m always on the lookout to see what businesses are doing to help. It’s really good that the store has installed them and that The Southern Co-operative is thinking of the needs of others as well as the mainstream population.Lucy Kibria, Occupational Therapist
Darin Kabria (14yrs) and mum Lucy appreciate i-viewer magnifiers in The Southern Co-operative Cheswick Village store

Darin Kabria (14yrs) using the i-viewer magnifier in The Southern Co-operative Cheswick Village store

I’m pleased we’re opening a store in this community, it’s a great environment and feels like a real local community which I hope to build relationships with and work alongside as it grows. We loved having the children, parents, staff and even Noodle the school dog from Wallscourt Farm Academy for our opening to welcome us. The store has made some good first impressions; customers seem really pleased it’s open and with what we have to offer. I hope everyone enjoys shopping here and I looking forward to meeting them.Simon Daly, Store Manager

The Southern Co-operative has donated £500 towards the Academy’s Community Cultivation Alliance to celebrate the store’s opening. This will be used, as Susie explained: “to be able to continue to support further community events at the school. We are growing and developing our allotments and raised beds as part of our Project Grow – so some proceeds will go towards this too.” Find out more at (opens in a new window)

The Southern Co-operative store opening Cheswick Village Bristol 22 July 2015

Pupils from Wallscourt Farm Academy cutting the ribbon at the new The Southern Co-operative store in Cheswick Village, Bristol