Hawkchurch Community Shop

How the Community Shop is run

Set up in 2014 the Hawkchurch Community Shop Limited is registered society. While it is run as a business with robust business planning and management, it is run entirely by volunteers. The shop has a Management Committee which is accountable to the Shareholders. Shareholders are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting where they vote upon reports from the Chair, the Treasurer and the Secretary. The Committee for the following year is also decided through Shareholder votes. Shareholders receive a copy of the AGM minutes.

The Community Shop constitution

Hawkchurch Community Shop Limited has a constitution that is registered as a society for the benefit of the community with the Financial Services Authority. The community shop exists in order to carry on business and trade for the benefit of the community and not for anyone’s private benefit, prudently ensuring that the business operates at the profit margin agreed by the Committee each year, retaining profits and applying them to achieve the Shop’s purpose.

The Constitution is available for anyone to read upon application to the Secretary.

Company details

Hawkchurch Community Shop Limited Registered Office: Waysmeet, Hawkchurch, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5UA. Company Number: IP031952

Trading address: Norton’s Yard, Hawkchurch, EX13 5XW. Telephone 01297 678999 

The shop was VAT registered in January 2014


The shop has been funded from the outset from a variety of sources. In addition to profits from sales that are fed back into the business, there have been many fundraising activities (such as stalls at the Village Fete and Christmas Fayre) and donations from individuals and community groups (including Uplyme Ladies Group and Hawkwell Caravan Park). 

The team have also been successful in obtaining grants from a variety of sources:

  • Community Council of Devon
  • Devon County Council
  • East Devon District Council
  • Devon Community Fund
  • Hawkchurch Parish Council
  • The National Lottery Power to Change Community Business Fund

Become a shareholder

Shares in Hawkchurch Community Shop are available to purchase at £10 per share. Being a shareholder is a good way to show your support and have a say in how the shop is run.

Share application forms are available in the shop. For more information you can call the shop on 01297 678999 or fill in the contact form opposite and our treasurer will get back to you. 

Request information about becoming a Community Shop shareholder

Please leave either a telephone number and/or email address. If you have requested a telephone call, please tell us if there are particular times to suit you best.