One Planet - the community shop in Accrington captured on film
PUBLISHED: 16:43 05 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:15 20 February 2013
A shop in Accrington started off as a community project and ended up as the subject of a film. Georgia Smith reports
It was never going to win an Oscar, but Lancashires latest film deserves an accolade for the fact it has a very unusual star. Its a shop in Accrington.
As you can imagine, One Planet is not just any old shop. It was opened just over a year ago when its team of volunteers raised 15,000 in shares from local people. This community benefit, not for profit co-operative is based on six defining principles: local, ethical, sustainable, fair-trade, natural wellbeing, and innovative. It could have been a model for the Big Society.
One Planet stocks natural products, almost all created by local people who are passionate about their wares and are proud to be continuing a Lancastrian tradition of actually making things.
Youll find the shelves piled with an eclectic mix - from jams, honey, organic cheese and recycled glass jewellery to teddy bears made from re-cycled clothes.
Recognising the shop was something different and deserved a wider
audience, Accrington-based Huckleberry Films recorded Making it Local after bidding for a grant from The Big Lottery Fund, which aims to improve communities and the lives of people who are most in need. It features the Lancashire producers who supply their goods to the shop, as well as highlighting the importance of buying local.
Caroline Eccles, a volunteer at One Planet who runs the film company alongside her partner David Pownall, said: Its great to tell the story of local people. The film is an opportunity to show the products available in the shop, and the people behind them. The majority of it is getting them to tell their stories, and just a bit about what it is that they make.
We applied for the project to be funded by the Big Lottery as we thought it would be a great opportunity to document some of the talented and creative people in our local area. Ive been a volunteer at the One Planet shop since it opened in Abbey Street in October 2010, and realised that there are stories behind many of the products.
Virtually everything is local like the tasty chutney made up the road in Blackburn.
Gemma McMullan. one of the directors of shop, added: We believe local products are better quality than generic supermarket goods, and shopping locally helps keep money within our local economy. Its important to strengthen our local supply chains and become less dependent on goods shipped long distances.
The film showcases the talent of local producers and means One Planets customers can find out more about the people behind the products. We were delighted with the finished film and we really hope it will encourage more people to shop locally. Weve already had customers specifically coming in to find products they have seen in the film.
You can see it on www.huckleberryfilms.co.uk, or via the shops blog at www.one planetcommunityprojects.wordpress.com or view the video link below
Meet some of the talented local people who supply the One Planet shop in Accrington, and find out about how and why they make their products.
'Making it local' was commissioned by the One Planet shop, a community benefit co-operative in Accrington which sells a wide range of organic, Fairtrade and local products. One Planet is based on six defining principles: local, ethical, sustainable, Fairtrade, natural wellbeing and innovative. The shop was set up by volunteers who raised 15,000 in shares from local people. For more information call into the shop: One Planet, 54 Abbey Street, Accrington, BB5 1EE, or visit www.oneplanet.coop
This project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The Big Lottery Fund distributes half of the National Lottery good cause funding across the UK. The Fund aims to enable others to make real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.
Music by Merlin Music
Produced by Huckleberry Films
The print version of this article appeared in the April 2012 issue of Lancashire Life
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