Jura Community Shop mission statement
- Manage and run a sustainable, profitable community owned shop, independent of grants, for the benefit of the community and visitors to the island.
- Support the social & business fabric of the island by engagement with the community, local businesses and supporting local events.
- Assist in the development of locally produced goods by working with crofters, farms and the general community.
- Reduce the environmental impact of the shop specifically and shopping by the Jura community generally.
The Shop is owned by its members. Membership costs £1 and is really important to us because we feel that it gives even more power to the community about how the business operates. Being a member of the company enables you to officially vote at AGMs; influence who becomes a director and get involved in big decisions. It also helps to show funders that we have strong community support and that we are working to create a successful business that benefits everyone living on Jura. For details of how to join contact Katy or drop into the Shop.
There is a voluntary Board of Directors, with a rotating chairperson, who are:
I’ve been a resident of Jura since 2013 having visited a number of times prior to then. I am Treasurer and Director of the Development Trust, Treasurer and Director of the Jura Jottings and Director and Secretary to the Hall committee. The community shop is vital to Jura residents and visitors and I am committed to support it in any way I can drawing on my experience with other Jura organisations and my previous employment in service organisations.
I have lived on Jura for over ten years, so am very aware of the need for local people to support community projects such as the shop. The shop is vital to the community and I want to help it to grow and continue to be successful, in any way I can.
I live and work at the north end of Jura, running a family of 6 and a business. Put simply, without a reliable shop, we couldn’t live here – which is why I joined the shop board. I want to help ensure its survival for the long term.
My name is Hilary Lamb and I have lived on Jura for the past 5 years with my husband Chris. I work at the local primary school and I also work in the shop occasionally to cover regular staff holidays. I joined the board just over a year ago and have enjoyed being part of the support network for the community shop. It is important that the board has a cross section and balance of people from the local community and I am proud to be part of the team!
Although I’ve had the house at Crackaig since 2006 I have only recently started living there.
I’m retired, having previously worked as a professional town planner both in local government and private practice. I have been involved in the past with two community allotment projects and more recently volunteered as a tour guide at both St Giles’ Cathedral and Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh as well as crewing a boat on the Union Canal.
I am delighted to be involved with Jura Stores which is a vital part of the island community and to help in any way I can.
Katy Beasley – Company Secretary
I’m Katy and I was appointed as the Company Secretary and Administrative Assistant for the shop at the end of 2017. The shop is so important to the island and offers such a great variety of goods, I don’t know what I would do without it, living at the north end! It’s really rewarding to be part of such a great community organisation.
Sarah Compton-Bishop – Community Project Administrator
Since September 2012 I have worked with the Jura Development Trust and the board of Jura Stores Community Interest Company to create, develop and deliver the shop project. Now that the shop is up and running my main role is to act as the liaison point between the project and the Big Lottery Fund and HIE who fund the project. I’m really excited about the shop and it’s future and intend to be involved long after my paid post has come to an end. I live at Tarbert with my partner, three children and cat. I usually visit the shop about 3 times a week and couldn’t live without my twice weekly regular deliveries!