Run by the Johns family for an astonishing 123 years, their ability to adapt to change has always been essential for the business’s survival.
With traditional newspapers in decline, it’s no surprise that the Main Street premises has undergone an major renovation lately. Papers will still be on sale but it’s hoped the main money earner will become the Bistro, catching the current liking for fresh brewed teas and coffees and home-cut sandwiches and tasty snacks.
The “Bronny” in the shop name relates to Bronwyn Ogilvie, great grand-daughter of its founder in the late 1800s, George Johns, who used to deliver papers around the village in a horse and cart.
The business’s official name is still registered as Grace Johns’ Newsagent, having been named after George’s daughter Grace. For the past 13 years, Bronwyn has been the latest in a line of owners which reads like a family tree including her grandfather, aunt and Maureen Johns.
There is always a warm welcome for customers so why not pop in when you’re next in the village and check out Bronny’s Bistro for yourself.