- ABOUT US -
Our community shop has provided an essential service to Bryher residents, day trippers and holiday makers alike since it was opened back in 2011. We stock a variety of local produce for all five of the islands – from St Agnes milk and dairy produce to Bryher fudge.
THE HUB OF THE COMMUNITY
Bryher has a population of approximately 83 people although it increases in the summer months with the influx of seasonal staff. An archetypal small community Bryher is a network of familiarity and people work together both in their employment and for community events which are largely motivated by fundraising for island facilities.
Perhaps the most notorious community project was in 1989 when Anneka Rice, the presenter of BBC1’s “Challenge Anneka” television series, was approached by islanders to provide a low water jetty for the island over a weekend. The result was a utilitarian but sturdily constructed quay on the east side of the island facing Tresco across New Grimsby Sound. The new quay immensely improved access giving a huge boost to the island’s economy which depends so much on tourism.
Many loyal August visitors will be aware of the annual fete which is always an incredibly popular attraction and features live music, BBQ, bar, raffle, bouncy castle, jumble, competitions, games and lots more.
The fete is in aid of the Community Centre Fund which supports the newly built community centre to provide recreational facilities for the whole community.
On 3rd July 2012, Prince Charles and Camilla visited Bryher as part of a tour to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee and Charles’ 60th year as the Duke of Cornwall. They visited us at Bryher Shop as one of the most recently completed Duchy of Cornwall projects. Prince Charles looked around the shop and even asked for a slice of our locally renowned Tatty Cake for the helicopter ride home!