East of England

Orford General Store and Post Office

99 Pump Street, Orford, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2LZ​

Judge’s comments: “Orford General Store breathes life into this tranquil fishing village. It provides a vital shop and post office service to the many elderly residents who are unable to travel to the nearest supermarket. But who would need to, given the amazing range that is crammed into this tiny shop? With local produce taking pride of place, you can buy everything from dishwasher tablets to celery salt, all combined with friendly smiles and a welcoming atmosphere.”

 

Midlands

Brenda’s of Norwell

Main Street, Norwell, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG23 6JN

Judge’s comments: “Brenda’s of Norwell is the heart and soul of the village.  Brenda never fails to deliver great service and always with a smile. From making time to chat with her customers to ensuring they showcase local produce. This shop continues to innovate and keep up with local needs and listens to customers’ requirements.”

 

North East

Cornhill on Tweed Shop, Cafe and Post Office

Main Street, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland TD12 4UH

Judge’s comments: “This family run business is focussed on serving this remote rural community with great local produce, a warm welcome for all and a most caring regard for the elderly. Big supporters of community events and keen fundraisers for Macmillan Cancer, raising over £100k, they are the hub of this community and are what a great village shop is all about.

 

North West

Sutton General Store and Post Office

1 Tunnicliffe Road, Sutton, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 0EB

Judge’s comments: “Alan has taken over his village shop and made it something great for the community. His background is in greengrocery and the shop now excels in this area. Alan has great plans for the shop – including a refit, major building works, re-laying the carpark and expansion outside to create an area for charities to promote themselves, run events and host a farmers’ market. He tries to source as much food locally as he can and provides a real service to the community of Sutton and surrounding villages.”

 

South East

Hampstead Norreys Community Shop

Manor Courtyard, Church Street, Hampstead Norreys, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 0TD

Judge’s comments: This vibrant and well stocked village shop is the hub and lifeline for people in this rural area, serving the community on so many levels. The shop is always evolving and has recently embarked on an initiative to reduce plastic waste. From fairs to an art gallery there is always something going on in this lively shop.  Partly run by volunteers and non-profit making it is a perfect example of ‘where there is a will there is a way’.”

 

South West

Ashburton Post Office

4 St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 7DD

Judge’s comments: “Stuart and Jackie Rogers have turned the Post Office into a thriving centre of information and activity. From taking on the library when the council shut it, replacing the services of the local banks which closed, to working tirelessly fundraising for local causes, they are involved with the local community at every level.  They have made a real difference by turning the post office back into the hub of this rural community.”

 

Wales

Llangurig Village Shop

Llanidloes SY18 6SG

Judge’s comments: “Colin and Mary Davies have made it a lifelong commitment to keeping the doors open and the service provided is hard to put down on paper. So many seek their advice, they are indeed the first port of call for residents, holiday makers and general passers-by. It’s not just the village of Llangurig they serve but they also provide an outreach service to other villages and work in partnership advising on the running of the post office at Berriew stores where they expertise has been invaluable.

 

Yorkshire

Barton Village Shop

Post Office, 31 Silver Street, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 6JD

Judge’s comments: “At first look Barton Village Store and Post Office is not that unusual – a newspaper cum corner shop with the expected ranges of drink, convenience food, and sweets. However, Laura and Darren are a real lifeline for the four villages their shop serves. They have breathed a new community into Barton, reviving a bonfire night celebration and other village events. They offer the sort of foods the local community want – with as much locally sourced as possible – and have plans for a second shop in another village.”

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