Keep 'The Langford Store' Alive

$4,302 of $150k goal

Raised by 48 people in 32 months
Sukhita Langford   Bainham, NZ

The Historic Langford Store and Post Office was built by my great grandfather in 1928. It is a highly treasured New Zealand icon.

General Stores serviced all our local communities until supermarkets were introduced which saw the decline in local stores world-wide. We took over the care-taking of it in 2008 and have brought it back to a vibrant life with the addition of tea in fine bone china and sensational homemade sweet treats. We turned the storeroom into an Art Gallery & Museum and it is enjoyed by many, particularly during the summer months as Golden Bay is a popular summer holiday destination.
Although we have managed to bring life back to the ole store, it has been a huge labor of love as we came here with pennies in our pocket and a heart full of love. We believe in bringing joy to all who pass through, reminding folk of the magic of a simpler, more honest way of life, when we greeted everyone as a potential friend.
The business has so far taking every penny of our savings and we have had to borrow each year to keep afloat. Now we are unable to borrow any more. With two preschoolers, a mortgage & full time business we are in challenging times. Meeting the shortfall of $15 000 per year will contribute to the preservation and continued running of this historic treasure over the next ten years.
We truly believe this is a vital piece of history that we are proud to be care-takers of. But we can't keep it going without the help of our wider global community. If you feel you can donate we would be forever grateful. If you are unable to, don't be shy, SHARE our story with your friends and loved ones.
We will honor your donation by creating a plaque to thank all our new FRIENDS OF THE LANGFORD STORE.
Spreading the love is what we do. xox

For more detailed information on The Langford Store please see our website - http://www.langfordstore.co.nz/

OR Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Langford-Store/340282322671652?ref=hl
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Update 11
15 months ago
Sorry it's been a while since i posted anything.

We've had a lovely busy summer season at The Langford Store. With many beautiful people visiting and new friendships formed. The weather couldn't have been better. Which brought many smiling faces through our door.

I am an optimist and one who believes in the magic of life. But sadly these things do not pay the bills. And it is with a heavy heart that I must admit our struggle once more.

Here we are in the winter and obviously things are much quieter in our lovely Golden Bay. And we find ourselves yet again, unable to pay the bills. I guess the reality of this special place is that it can support itself - Just - But not enough to support our family as well.

I have a dream - To find a historical philanthropist.
So if anyone out there knows someone who is a lover of history, and would like to help us to continue taking care of this treasured New Zealand iconic, then please share our story with him or her.

I realize they may not want to donate via this forum. We would be very happy if they would like to contact us directly and we can see what kind of nurturing relationship we can form.

Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts, for all your continuing support. We Love You All. xox
My lovely Will makes the happiest coffee
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Update 10
20 months ago
As we near the end of another glorious year, We would like to send out a HUGE Thank You to all who have supported us. In a multitude of ways, you the fabulous folk of our wider community have helped to keep The Langford Store alive and vibrant. From monetary donations, to windows and guttering. To spreading the love of all things old and beautiful. To letting us know how much you care about this iconic piece of NZ history. This is your history as much as ours. It is a joy and a pleasure to be able to care for it; for you & our children, and our children's children.
From the bottom of our heart's to the top
We thank you with all our LOVE.
xox Sukhita & Will xox
Thank You - Thank You - We Love You
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Update 9
21 months ago
It's been a while, and you might be wondering what's going on at The Langford Store. Spring has sprung and we are open 6 days a week. Christmas is nearing and then we'll be 7 days a week. Sharing the love and joy of our wee store to the beautiful holiday makers from near & far. The beauty of simpler, more gentle days gone by. I hope we might see you here this summer?
Thank you so much to all the lovely folk who have donated so far. Helping us to keep this iconic store alive. It is a joy to be the caretakers. And to have a wide community of supporters. Please keep sharing our story and link to your friends and family. Now that we've done the window and guttering it would be great to seal the rising damp floor. Always something going on at The Langford Store. We LOVE YOU. xox
Thank you for all your loving kindness
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Update 8
23 months ago
What a super sunshine weekend it was for putting up our new guttering. A huge thank you to our friendly builder Remy for helping with the task. And an enormous THANK YOU to all of you for supporting us, in making this possible - Looks like the building might weather another 80 years!
Keeping spreading our store & sharing our Facebook Page so that more can enjoy the magic of The Langford Store, and we can all appreciate the beauty of humanity.
WE LOVE YOU xox
Remy begins the task. xox
The kids were super keen to help
Looking flash with new guttering
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Genie Gunn Casey
21 months ago

We are looking forward to visiting you as many times as we can during our 5 week stay in Takaka/Golden Bay in January and February. It will be fun to see see you and the new improvements. Love all you do.

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Dawn Scott
25 months ago

Oh how lovely Sukhita, it's nice to be appreciated, and I hope this will encourage plenty more donations. Looking forward to a visit in September.

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$4,302 of $150k goal

Raised by 48 people in 32 months
Created December 31, 2013
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Anonymous
15 months ago
SS
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Sue & David Sutherland
17 months ago

Great to see the Langford Lounge with all its treasures. Good effort

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Craig Mc Naughton
18 months ago
NL
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Nushka Lange
21 months ago
MT
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Matthew & Rosita Toynbee
22 months ago
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Anonymous
23 months ago
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23 months ago
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24 months ago
CL
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Cilla Harnet nee Leckie
25 months ago

Best of luck - its an awsome spot. x

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Anonymous
26 months ago
Genie Gunn Casey
21 months ago

We are looking forward to visiting you as many times as we can during our 5 week stay in Takaka/Golden Bay in January and February. It will be fun to see see you and the new improvements. Love all you do.

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Dawn Scott
25 months ago

Oh how lovely Sukhita, it's nice to be appreciated, and I hope this will encourage plenty more donations. Looking forward to a visit in September.

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