We’re a community benefit society, a form of cooperative; set up to build and operate a community shop and café. Our shop will be built within what was once the walled garden of Little Plumstead Hall. We’ll be restoring the garden to its former Victorian splendour. Right now we have no local shop, although around 3,500 people live in our parish. Public consultation very clearly showed the demand for a community-owned shop.
The café will become a convenient meeting place and the walled garden a super setting for community events.
The garden will also grow fresh produce which will be sold in the shop. With the support of the Plunkett Foundation, who have helped more than 300 similar community-owned shops, we’re confident our venture will be a success.
Plumstead lost it’s Post Office in 2016 and this provoked some local people into looking into the possibility of building a community-run shop and cafe, after several years of hard work the cafe and shop incorporating a Post Office opened its doors in the summer of 2020.
Meet Our Management Committee
Adrian Nagle – Chair
Adrian spent his first 20 working years in the commercial world working with major overseas retailers and importers in a multi-million-pound business. For a brief period, he had his own small business; designing, importing and marketing a range of handmade terracotta pottery from Portugal. For the last 20 years he has travelled with his partner, living and working overseas (mostly property and garden maintenance).
He has experienced a diverse range of communities in a variety of environments. His last major stop was on the edge of the wilderness in Northern British Columbia, Canada.
He also lived in a community group in Norfolk for a year.
He says he has been drawn to the project because it has community at its heart and has a vision of the walled garden becoming a place of beauty, well-being and community for all, plus good coffee!
Vicki Malcolm - Communications and Marketing
Vicki works as an Occupational Therapist at the Little Plumstead Learning Disability hospital and has ten years’ experience in the NHS. Vicki’s work includes assisting her patients to improve their life skills towards living in the community and find meaningful opportunities which improve their quality of life, including college and work.
Vicki has considerable experience running social media and marketing for social organisations and runs an annual conference.
Louise Amond - The Walled Garden
Louise was born in Little Plumstead and has worked at Little Plumstead Hospital for 28 years supporting patients with a range of disabilities engage in occupation, learning and therapies. Louise fondly remembers The Walled Garden in its former glory as space for people to work and relax in.
Along with her husband, she has extended and renovated their house and garden and enjoys making and upcycling furniture and other fixtures.
Louise is a keen gardener and is probably happiest being outside growing fruit and vegetables for her kitchen table. She adds “The project combines both my interests: restoration and growing fruit and vegetables, it’s the perfect thing to be involved in”
Ellie Edgar - Secretary
Ellie has lived in the area for over 30 years. She started working at Little Plumstead Hospital at the beginning of 1998, when the formal Resettlement Process of the patients had just begun – one ward had closed. She was secretary to the Site Manager at the time so was very involved in the running of the site. Eventually, her manager was transferred to the new service as Business Manager and Ellie went with him.
Norfolk Learning Difficulties Service was set up jointly between Norfolk Social Services and Norfolk Primary Care Trust to look after the residents who had moved into the community. When her manager retired, the post was transferred to Norfolk County Council. Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust took over the service that remained at Little Plumstead in April 2008, when she returned as PA to the Service Manager.
During the time she has worked in the Little Plumstead area, two local shops have closed, one of which was also the Post Office. The Post Office has also recently closed in Thorpe End. I was very pleased when I heard the Walled Garden here was hopefully going to be developed as a few years ago when it was still part of the site, it was beautiful.
Ellie was also secretary to the Blofield and Brundall Sea Scout Group when her sons were growing up where she helped with fundraising.
Debbie Tomkins - Treasurer
Debbie has an accountancy background and latterly worked as a Company Secretary for a listed plc.
She is passionate about wildlife conservation and is a regular volunteer at a local RSPB reserve, helping to run events and providing reception cover and office assistance. Debbie and her husband moved to Little Plumstead in 2001, loving the rural feel of the village whilst only being a short drive from Norwich.
She is delighted to be involved with the project to create a special and unique place in the community that will not only provide a much-needed local service but has the potential to facilitate other opportunities.
James Richards - Project Manager
Born in Kingston-Upon-Thames and educated at Langley School. James is a business and IT management consultant; who having read a BSc(Hons) Business Information Systems and later a Post Graduate Award in Business Leadership, now specialises in portfolio and programme management through an independent consultancy.
James has worked in multiple business sectors including financial services, critical national infrastructure, construction and technology.
He says the local community needs this hub and access to essential services and is excited to lend his experience to the project and be part of the team.
Philip was born in Norwich and educated at King Edward VI (Norwich) School. He also attended Norwich City College where he obtained a Diploma in Business Studies. His Career has been largely within Personal and Business Tax and he is currently a Tax Consultant (part-time) with a significant regional firm of accountants where he deals with all aspects of personal and business tax. Philip has spent much of his working career in Norwich and Great Yarmouth.
Married to Linda they have lived in Thorpe End since 1991. Philip is also a Past President of the Rotary Club of Great Yarmouth Haven, where he remains an active member and he is also Chairman of the Norwich Fundraising Branch of the Guides Dogs for the Blind Association. Philip, too, is Treasurer of Charing Cross Centre, a Norwich based Charity offering offices and rooms to other Charities and Voluntary groups at cost.
Philip has also been involved as a supporter of Christian Aid and National Children’s Home actively involved in fundraising.
Philips other interests include drama, theatre, writing, music and walking amongst other things. He firmly believes in the community and mutual support that it can provide.
Bronwen Barnes - Retail & Recruitment
Born and educated in Norwich, Bronwen has spent most of her career working in retail, starting as a part-time Sales Assistant at BHS and, finding her niche, enjoyed progression through various positions with a couple of national companies before joining a well-known local retailer as Staff Manager in their branch on the outskirts of Norwich.
She worked for the company for 20 years and progressed through to being Head of Department, Personnel and Training before retirement. As Head of Department, she was responsible for the management of the Personnel, Training, Payroll, Health and Safety and Store Audit functions. She was also part of the Senior Management team responsible for the opening of new stores and helped with the expansion of the company in Norfolk and into Suffolk.
Her involvement in “The Walled Garden” project came through her daughter Kelly, who is a resident of Plumstead and who is also a member of the Management Committee. Bronwen saw this exciting project as an opportunity to continue to use her personnel skills and knowledge of retail to help with setting up the shop, recruit a suitable Manager and support staff, and work with suppliers to bring local produce to the community.
Kelly Hall - Volunteers
I have lived in Norwich all my life and Little Plumstead for nearly five years and have enjoyed exploring the area with our dog, walking the Glade nearly every day.
I became involved with The Walled Garden project two years ago and have been able to use the experience I built up during the past 20 years in marketing for various organisations including AutoTrader and Archant. During that time, I helped create marketing campaigns and promotional activity for many clients, building up a wide network of contacts especially in the motor sales industry.
I have arranged several fundraising events to raise awareness of our project and make the Walled Garden Community Shop and Café a reality. I am currently focussing on the project’s need for volunteers, from formalising an appropriate policy to raising awareness of the various volunteering opportunities and also establishing a straight-forward, welcoming recruitment process.
I took a career break during 2018 to support our children through their exams and am lucky enough to have become involved with Nelson’s Journey, a local charity supporting bereaved children and I intend to remain committed to this amazing cause which is close to my heart.
I am excited about the possibility to develop the shop into a thriving hub which will not only provide financial benefits to the community but also a place for people to meet and build relationships in the area.
The Plumstead Community Shop Limited is a Community Benefit Society, registered with the Financial Conduct Authority under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014
Registration Number: 7642
Registered office: 10 Highefield, Little Plumstead, Norwich, NR13 5JA
Company number RS007642