The village of Ewelme is an attractive, historic village in Oxfordshire with a population of 1103 residing in 393 households in the parish. It lies 14 miles south of Oxford, and the local town is Wallingford some 4 miles away.

The village has a church, a pub (The Shepherds Hut), the oldest functioning C.E. primary school in the country (1437) with 84 pupils on roll, a pre-school (24 children) and watercress beds maintained by the Chiltern Society. Ewelme also had a village shop, located in the Old Post Office, in the centre of the village by the Kings Pool until 1998 when, after a change of ownership, it ceased trading.


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The Store’s Beginnings


In November 2007 a survey of approximately half the households in Ewelme was conducted as part of the Parish Council’s Village Plan initiative. Of the 200 households in the village surveyed, over 95% of respondents rated the existence of a village shop as very high and pledged both financial and/or voluntary help.

At the same time as the need was identified, the old shop premises in the Old Post Office were purchased by Lord & Lady Jay who pledged support to the formation of a village shop by renovating the premises and offering them to the village for a nominal rent per annum.

Consequently the community formed the Ewelme Village Store Association and applied through VIRSA to the FSA to become an Industrial and Provident Society for the Benefit of the Community (IPS BenCom). As such any surplus made by the shop is either re-invested in the shop or the local community.

The Future


The shop opened early in May 2009, with plans to develop a sustainable, self financing business by offering a combination of competitively priced basic products with locally produced fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. It provides a scaled down postal service, teas/coffees, papers and a small range of services and specialist items such as locally produced cream, biscuits, honey. In the future, when viable, it plans to add watercress from the local beds for which Ewelme is famous.