In March 2016 I received the following email from Rev. Andrew Schofield. I passed it straight on to the Parish Council, for the simple reason that they had decided to invest PC funds in support of B4RN, and as there was a Broadband Hub in the Parish Hall, it seemed logical that the PC would have considered why they had invested this money and to what purpose. Andrew’s purpose was so eminently logical I was sure that between the PC and the Village Hall, sharing a common Chairman, we would see a take up on this idea with some alacrity.
A year of inactivity having gone by maybe this is the appropriate time to shake the village tree by airing the issue again!
A digital shop for Whittington?
A community computer at Whittington Village Hall would make shopping accessible for everyone!
The withdrawal of bus services through the village and discussion about a village shop focuses attention on those who are not able to go shopping for themselves.
When I was a lad, my mother had a notebook in which she listed all her requirements for the week. She’d take her shopping list to our local shop and in due course the groceries would be delivered to our front door. It still happens, of course, but these days you need a computer.
With a laptop computer at the Village Hall, there could be ‘shopping hours’ when volunteers would shop online for those who aren’t computer literate. Absolutely anyone with a debit or credit card can have an online account with Tesco, Asda or Sainsbury – and for other items, with M&S, John Lewis, Argos and (of course) Amazon.
If it worked, Whittington folk could do their shopping just by walking to the Village Hall!