In 2005 a village survey which formed part of the Parish Plan showed overwhelming support to bring back a village shop. At the beginning of the 20th century, Lodsworth had a wide variety of shops and businesses, including a garage, post office and general store, as well as two public houses. The last remaining village shop and post office finally ceased trading in 1988 and is now a private dwelling.

It took approximately two years from the first tentative committee meeting to the grand opening in November 2009. As with any community project, funding was the key. Lodsworth Larder is an Industrial Provident Society (IPS) and funding was partly raised by the local community who purchased shares in the shop. The eco-friendly, not-for-profit shop was built using the traditional A traditional A frame construction design.
An IPS is an organisation conducting an industry, business or trade, either as a co-operative or for the benefit of the community, and is registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 Source FSA website
Unlike some shares, The Lodsworth Larder shares cannot distribute dividends, and have no saleable value; however what the community bought with their investment was an ideal, and desire to commit to a worthwhile community project.

Additional sources of funding:

The National Lottery
Chichester District Council
West Sussex County Council
Plunket Foundation
WL West & Sons Ltd
Plunkett Foundation Virsa
South Downs Sustainable Fund
Chichester Community Action Chest
RDPE Leader
Low Carbon Building Programme
Valerie Hinde (the architect)
Sage UK

The steering committee appointed local architect Val Hinde, who worked alongside Lodsworth based eco-builder and woodsman Ben Law, to create the unique eco-friendly building you see today. You may be familiar with Ben’s work, as he was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Design programme. when he built his unique Woodland home.