An ice-cream for a sunny day, or a warming cup of coffee, could all be available for those heading for Bayble’s popular and sheltered sandy beach – if more people get behind the crowd-funding appeal at the Old Shop.
The shop’s team of volunteers is looking for a late flush of support to help them gain extra points in Calor’s community fund, a type of crowd-funding which matches likes and donations with extra points towards funding.
The Old Shop Bayble is already a treasure trove of local crafts, sustainable living items and pre-loved goods from books to baby-clothes.
It’s also the base for the new clothing re-use initiative, Cruinn (https://www.facebook.com/cruinn.eco/), which launches next week (13-15 July) with three days of repair workshops and showcases to demonstrate how worn clothes can be reinvented with creativity and stitching skills.
Now the volunteers are hoping to install a coffee-making machine to develop the next stage of their vision – providing a café for refreshments on the way to the beach, or a final treat on the way home.
Their fundraising page at https://communityfund.calor.co.uk/the-old-shop-bayble-repair-cafe#start says: “We are a group of 10 volunteers running a shop on the Isle of Lewis. Our low-cost clothing, books and bric-a-brac helps to provide a lower cost of living, whilst our support of local craft offers artisans a platform to sell and showcase their work and talents.
“We hope to be able to soon sell coffee and ice-cream at the Old Shop in Bayble. The shop is located close to a beach that is popular with walkers, and we think being able to sell coffee and ice-cream from the shop will really help to keep the shop self-reliant, with potential to create a couple of jobs locally.
“We also think it will attract even more people to the shop and help to promote the zero waste practices being encouraged through our eco shop and repair interests.”
Calor aims to give extra support to their most popular fundraisers. They said: “Projects receive one point for every like or share and 10 points when someone donates. When public support ends on 7 July, projects with the highest scores from each funding category will go through to the finals. And even if they’re not shortlisted as a winner, each finalist receives £500.
The Bayble team have set their target at £1,000 and are almost a quarter of the way there, but with the final date tomorrow, they need a renewed surge of support to be in with a chance of becoming a finalist.
Pictures show part of the interior of the shop as it is now and the volunteer team outside the Old Shop Bayble