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@gawsworthhub.co.uk

Volunteering enquiries, please email:

volunteering@gawsworthhub.co.uk

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.

For enquiries email enquiries@gawsworthhub.co.uk

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:

John Upton Charity who funded the doorway between the shop with the adjacent property to provide the space required for our hub

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

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.

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. If you are interested in helping us, please contact the Company Secretary, secretary@gawsworthhub.co.uk

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.

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.