About

The mission of Gawsworth Hub is to serve the community and provide a range of products and services for the benefit of the residents of Gawsworth Parish. It is owned by the community and operated by volunteers.

To Find Us

From Macclesfield: About three miles from the centre of Macclesfield on the A536 turn left into Church Lane signposted Gawsworth Hall.

From Congleton: About five miles from the centre of Congleton on the A536 turn right into Church Lane signposted Gawsworth Hall.

After entering Church Lane take the first left and the first left again and you will be outside our shop (opposite Gawsworth Primary School) (just 300 metres from the main road).

General enquiries, please email:

enquiries

Volunteering enquiries, please email:

volunteering

Our Facilities

In addition to our shop, deli and meeting place we also provide the following:

For families, wheelchair users and people of all ages:

  • accessible customer toilet
  • baby changing facility
  • community information
  • indoor & outdoor seating

For cyclists & walkers:

  • outside drinking tap
  • space for bicycles
  • bicycle pump, basic tools & repair kit
  • customer toilet
  • drinking bowl & doggie bags

We also welcome small groups up to 4 inside and 6 outside and larger groups by prior arrangement. See Shop, Cafe, Meeting Place for further details and photos.

For enquiries email enquiries

Funding & Support

Gawsworth Hub is a not-for-profit operation. Profits generated from sales and services are re-invested in the business. This ‘social dividend’ enables us to continue and enhance the benefits we provide to the community.

We have received several one-off grants for specific purposes. We are grateful to the following organisations for their support:

The Plunkett Foundation in creating the organisation required to operate as a community shop and helping raise the funding required to purchase our village shop that was about to be converted into a flat. 

Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund for funding the accessible toilet, kitchen upgrade, equipment needed to create our hub and the salary of a manager for two and a half years to develop its full potential

 

THE JOHN UPTON CHARITY

John Upton Charity who funded the doorway between the shop with the adjacent property to provide the space required to create a community hub.

Cheshire Community Foundation for helping us support our community during the Covid-19 lockdowns

Cheshire Small Business Grant Fund for funding to help us to continue trading for the benefit of our community during the pandemic.

Society Membership & Board of Directors

The Hub is run by a Board of Directors, all of whom are volunteers.

We are currently seeking more directors to help with the operation and further development of the enterprise. See Skills and Experiences for the opportunities that we have.

If you are interested in helping us, please contact the Company Secretary by email to secretary

Because we are a Community Benefit Society, we want the membership of the Society to be as representative of the Gawsworth community as possible. New Members are always welcome. Members do not need to volunteer and volunteers do not need to be Members.

See Society Membership for further details.

History & Legal Structure

History

Gawsworth Community Shop commenced operations at 2 Longbutts Lane in 2011, on the site of a previous commercial shop that had become economically non-viable. In 2019 we purchased the adjacent flat at number 4, which was originally a Post Office. In 2021, with the expansion of the business to include a cafe and a meeting place, the enterprise was re-named Gawsworth Hub.

Click here for a fuller history

Legal Structure

Gawsworth Hub is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a Community Benefit Society. Our shareholders are all members of the Society.  New members are always welcome.