Ryburgh Community Enterprise
Ryburgh Community Enterprise is a Community Interest Community (CIC) set up in 2008 by North Norfolk villagers to overcome the closure of the village shop and post office. The CIC successfully reopened the shop in 2009 under the ownership of 124 villagers.
The shop is a general store providing groceries, newspapers, tobacco, off licence, an internet café, tea shop, dry-cleaning, parcel collection, plants and Post Office. Where possible goods are sourced locally, including organic free-range eggs, Letheringsett Mill flour, Sandringham fruit juice, local cheeses and yogurts, beer from the local maltings and other produce.
This project received a grant of £15,000 from the Sheringham Shoal Community Fund in 2012 to install an 8kW array of photovoltaic cells on the shop’s roof. The work will provide additional income and reduce electricity bills which will ensure the continued viability of this community owned shop. The shop is very much the centre of the community, as a source of information and a social meeting place particularly for the isolated and elderly who otherwise have few opportunities to meet other residents.