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New Forest Sustainability Award - Nominations Open 

6th May 2024

Help us to promote our non-profit social enterprise  by nominating us for the NPA's Sustainability Champion award here. Nominations close on 31st May 2024.

Sustainability is core to our aims and in the design of Chapel Stores. We repurposed and renovated an unused locally listed building, improving the buildings thermal efficiency by addressing damp and insulating the roof spaces to reduce energy wastage. A solar system with battery storage, air source heat pumps and energy efficient chillers optimise our energy efficiency. The shop and Post Office reduce car journeys across the forest to the alternatives 5 miles away and our focus on local food reduces food miles.

Most recently, over this Bank Holiday weekend the site has further been planted with insect and bird friendly species to improve its biodiversity thanks to the efforts of our committed volunteers. This new planting supplements the native hedging we have already planted thanks to the generous award from The Conservation Volunteers at the end of 2023.

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Chapel Stores Opens for Business

26th February 2024 

East Boldre's new community shop and Post Office opened  today, following a challenging 5 year project, spearheaded by Rebecca Gabzdyl since January 2019, to create a community shop and Post Office in East Boldre.

Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate the launch, marking the culmination of the project to acquire, repair and fit out premises from which to run a community shop and Post Office. 

​Over the past 18 months EBCS has raised over £700,000 to acquire, repair, adapt and fit out the village's former Baptist Chapel to create Chapel Stores. The site has been transformed into a spacious shop and Post Office and was officially opened by former Dire Straits guitarist, John Illsley.​

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