At a Public Meeting in Headley on March 8th 2008, it was decided that an Action Group should be formed to set up a Community Post Office and Village Shop. The existing shop and Post Office in Ashford Hill Road had an uncertain future, as the owner planned to leave at the end of June 2008, and no one wanted to take over.
In those three months, the Action Group set up an Industrial and Provident Society, offering £10 shares to residents of the village and of Ashford Hill. Some £12000 was raised locally, some of it through loans, and Hampshire County Council donated £15,000 to cover some of the start up costs.
"They now have a Sub Post Mistress, Sue, and an Assistant Sub Post Mistress who will double as the Shop Manager. They have done fantastically well to get the show on the road in such a short time."
Sir George cut the ribbon to declare the shop formally open, and did some shopping inside. "I pay tribute to Mike Aspray, Chairman of the Action Group, and to Trish Neeves, who bore the brunt of the work, with a small team. What they have done is an example to all communities who are threatened with the loss of the village shop and Post Office."