Martyn Lewis, the former TV presenter, cut the ribbon to open Abbotts Ann new village shop and Post Office.
"At a time when village shops and Post Offices are closing, Abbotts Ann have done well to raise £300,000 to open a new one."
Some £60,000 came in grants from local authorities, with a similar sum from the sale of land with planning permission for a house behind the shop. The rest has been raised or borrowed, with the debt being serviced by the rent from the flat above the shop.
"Jackie Stanton deserves particular praise for her energy and stamina in seeing this project through. At times, it almost stalled but she and the Committee kept the momentum going."