VILLAGERS in Broughton are about to busy themselves stacking shelves over the coming weeks.

A community group have finally taken ownership of the former village shop.

And it is hoped it will be open to customers by the end of next month.

Broughton was left without a shop at the start of last year after the previous owner retired.

And villagers had to endure 12-mile round trips for essentials.

Following a campaign to garner support and funds, Upper Tweed Community Enterprise Limited was formed.

A sale of shares has raised almost £60,000 - and more money is coming in all the time.

Christopher Lambton from Upper Tweed Community Enterprise Limited said: "We have very nearly reached our upper target of £60,000 through share purchases, which will enable the shop to get started on a sound financial footing.

"This is really good news and, finances apart, shows the depth of community support for this venture.

"As there are still a few pledgers yet to buy shares, and new people buying shares almost every day, Upper Tweed Community Enterprise Limited has extended the deadline for purchases in this initial share issue for another two weeks until Sunday, May 5."

Jen McBeth has been appointed as the new community store manager.

And recruitment will soon start for recruiting additional part-time staff.

Anyone interested in applying for a position can email