Barkers of Huby

Village shop and Post Office

Become a Volunteer

We have a super team of volunteers who work cheerfully to keep the shop operating efficiently and profitably. 

Full training is given, and you'll be mentored by a more experienced volunteer. This is a fun way to meet your neighbours and get involved in the community and ensure the long term viability of our shop and post office. 

Rotas are managed by Terry Wolf, and she can arrange your induction training [email protected] 

Become a Shareholder

You can help ensure the continued success of the shop by buying a £20 share. You'll receive newsletters and an invitation to the Annual General Meeting. No profits are distributed to members, but surplus margins generated will be re-invested in the local community. Email us or ask in the shop if you would like a share application form.

Our Story

David and Lesley Barker owned and ran the village stores in Huby for 26 years. After Lesley's passing in September 2014, a steering group was formed to assess the viability of taking on the shop under a new lease to enable the shop and post office to continue. 

Advice was taken from the Plunkett Foundation and a bursary was awarded to help us move our plans forward.

A not-for-profit Community Benefit Society was formed in March 2015 and 420 residents in Huby and Sutton bought shares in, and loaned money to, the new company.

In May 2015 Huby & Sutton Community Shop Ltd took over the village stores and post office and rebranded as Barkers of Huby, in recognition of Lesley and David's service to the community.

The shop is run by volunteers, the Post Office by paid staff, and the business managed by a Management Committee of 9 volunteers, chaired by Denise Howard OBE.

The shop has benefitted from some refurbishment including a new Post Office counter, with grants from the Post Office Community Fund and Hambleton District Council 'Making a Difference' Fund. 

In April 2016, the shop was a finalist in the Countryside Alliance Awards for Best Village Shop and Post Office - a wonderful achievement in our first year as a community owned shop.

In 2017 we won the Plunkett Foundation Community Award. In 2018 Hambleton District Council awarded us Best Community Project in their annual awards.