Royal approval of community shop workers

Church Fenton Community Shop volunteers have received Royal recognition for their work.

Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 2:44 pm

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mrs Jo Ropner, sent a card to the community shop which opened in June 12, 2017.

A member of the volunteer team said: “We need to shout this from the rooftops!

“All of us feel incredibly proud and fortunate to live in such a wonderful, caring community during these difficult times.

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“Our thanks to all our amazing customers, neighbours, and local suppliers whose continued support make the shop such a success.”

The shop has proved to be a lifeline for the community throughout the past three months of the Covid-19 outbreak and has remained open, seven days a week, and fully stocked (even flour, bread, milk and toilet rolls) throughout the crisis.

“The extended team of volunteers have ‘stepped up’ and offered not only essential food deliveries, but also a secure prescription delivery service operated twice weekly,” added a spokesman.

“All profits generated are re-invested into the shop with many exciting plans to benefit the community for the future.”

The shop received the Countryside Alliance Award for Best Village Shop/Post Office in 2018 and has undergone a transformation with extensive renovations, a dedicated team of volunteers and a ‘Yorkshire Wall’ of local produce.