The team

Great Paxton shop is run by volunteers for the community. We are open 7 days a week, this is all made possible by volunteers and our shop manager, Michelle.

Volunteering can help you make new friends, learn new skills, gain work experience, advance your career, and even make you feel happier and healthier. We have a great range of people volunteering for the shop, from a retired 89 year old gentleman who loves his time behind the till to several young ladies who are doing their Duke of Edinburgh awards with us.

We split the day into 2-hour shifts so its never too long for any one person. Whilst we do already have a fabulous group of volunteers, we need more people to join us to spread the load and keep our community shop open.

Can you spare 2 hours a week? Would you love to be part of our friendly team? 

Michelle Oakley


Hello! I am Michelle Oakley. I joined as the shop manager in March 2018 and haven’t looked back. I live in Great Paxton with my husband, Jeff, my two daughters Libby and Faith and (currently) 9 goldfish. I feel very honoured to be a part of this lovely community shop. Every day I am able to meet and chat to some great people and be a part of this lovely village and community life.

Meet the committee

Roger Widdowson


Roger is a Company Director and Parish Councillor. Roger has lived in Great Paxton with his wife since June 2013. Roger has run many projects in his working life and believes in the Community shop and its benefits for the village.

Jude Hall

Vice-chair / secretary

Jude retired a few years ago having run a business with her husband for seven years in the field of health and safety. Prior to that she worked for 18 years in the marketing department of the RSPB at their headquarters in Sandy. Jude has lived in the village for 17 years.

Jackie Baines

Communications Coordinator

Jackie has worked in Design and large scale graphic design and production working with national museums and independent clients. Jackie has lived in the village since 2014.

Les Sullivan

Volunteers Coordinator

Les previously volunteered as a volunteer coordinator in a hospital shop. Les has lived in the village since 2017 and has been involved with the shop since moving in.

Jill Peters

Events organiser

Jill has lived in the village since 2010 and is a councillor on the Great Paxton Parish Council.

Amy Keast


Amy is a graphic and interior designer. Amy has been a volunteer at the shop since moving into the village in March 2019.

"I volunteer just 2 hours a week – a chance to meet all sorts of people and work with a super team, managed magnificently by Michelle. I recommend volunteering!"

Gillian Smith, Volunteer

Want to get involved but can't spare the time?


Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 9am – 1pm


Call: 01480 218624


Registered in 2016 under the Community Benefit Society by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Registration number: 7299