Castlethorpe Village Shop and Post Office, 6A The Chestnuts,
North Street, Castlethorpe, MK19 7EU Phone: 01908 745983.
The village shop is situated in North Street, about two-thirds of the way between the Village Hall and the junction with Station Road. It is open daily from 7am to 7.30pm (to noon on Sundays) with a post office open from 9am to 5.30pm on weekdays, except for Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
The shop is run by Udi and Dina Modhwadia and stocks a wide variety of groceries and household goods and is renowned for Dina's authentic curries! The Post Office offers a full range of postal services, including Parcelforce Express services, Drop and Go, Pay Bills and Top Up, as well as foreign currency - Euros are available. You can also obtain money using your debit card, buy National Express tickets and Lotto tickets and also claim smaller Lotto prizes.
Castlethorpe lost its former village shop and Post Office in 2005 and, almost immediately, a campaign was started to replace it. Land was identified and effectively donated by Milton Keynes Council and funding was obtained from a number of sources including planning gain, MKC, the Parish Council, the Post Office, the Village Retail Shop Association (Virsa), Co-operative and Community Finance (a bank which works with Virsa), Buckinghamshire Masonic Centenary Fund and a tremendous response from residents and local businesses.
A separate company, Castlethorpe Village Shop Association Community Interest Company (CVSA), was formed and the shop was built and equipped in a very tight timeframe to open on 21st July 2007. CVSA leases the shop to Udi and Dina.
The shop has been a tremendous success and has provided a social focus in the village as well providing much needed services. It is really important that we all use the shop and make sure we are never in the position of losing our only shop again.
CVSA is owned by its Members who have to be residents of the village. There are currently 44 Members. For more details contact Phil Ayles on 01908 510590.