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Llanfechain Community Shop

Llanfechain Community Shop is a Company Limited by Shares set up as a wholly-owned trading arm of Llanfechain Memorial Hall which has charitable status, with four Directors and a Management Committee of 10.

The Post Office in the village had closed about 20 years ago and the service was moved into the Village Hall operating out of the kitchen for 2 days a week.  This was eventually reduced to 1 day per week on a Thursday. The Village Shop had closed also, 9 years previously, and was sold as a private dwelling. There was a ‘Save Our Shop’ campaign but at that time there was insufficient support to purchase the premises and start a community enterprise.

In 2006 the Management Committee of the Memorial Hall started to look at raising funds to refurbish and extend the Village Hall which was outdated and tired.  Included in that scheme there was to be a dedicated space for a Community Shop and a Post Office.  At the end of 2009 that dream became a reality and with the hall completed the Post Office moved into the new premises, opening each Thursday, following grant aid from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Post Office Diversification Fund, the Welsh Assembly Government’s Rural Retail Fund and other grant sources.  Grants would not however fund retail stock and a very small group of individuals offered interest free loans or donations to get the shop enterprise underway. The loans were all repaid in the first 12 months of trading.

There were unexpected delays in the setting up the legal framework needed for the Shop to operate but finally on June 7th 2010 at 8am Llanfechain Community Shop finally opened its doors for trading, selling milk, bread, fruit & vegetables, meat & meat products, general groceries, sweets, frozen goods and later newspapers & magazines. The product range continues to grow despite the fact that the retail space is very limited.

There are no paid employees. Volunteers give varying amounts of time each week although the day is divided into 3 hour shifts. Volunteers who are unable to work in the Shop behind the counter, perhaps through ill health or for other reasons, are encouraged to contribute in other ways.

Although the shop development team had highlighted the social role that the Shop might fulfil, few if any had foreseen quite how far-reaching that function would become in such a short time. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Llanfechain Community Shop has become the hub of the village, fulfilling roles too numerous to mention.

The Shop is one of a continually growing number of Community Shops springing up throughout the UK drawing upon advice and expertise from The Plunkett Foundation who support community enterprise. We are proud to be associated with that organisation and through the Foundation share our new-found experience with similar ventures.

Without Volunteers and Customers Llanfechain Community Shop would not exist.

If you want to be a Volunteer just get in touch: if you want to be a Customer we are open 8am – 5pm weekdays and 8am -12.30pm weekends and bank holidays. We are only closed on Christmas day! We look forward to seeing you.


It felt like quite an achievement so Llanfechain Community Shop celebrated the 5th anniversary of its opening at the beginning of June with tea, cake, music and sunshine. The community enterprise which is run entirely by volunteers, is open every day of the year except Christmas day, supplies everyday provisions and more. It is the social focal point of the village and over the five years has also donated £8,000 towards the running costs of the village hall to which it’s attached.

Congratulations to all those who won a £5 shopping voucher in the raffle.

We could always do with more volunteers so if you have a little spare time then do come along and join our happy team, it really is great fun.

For more information call the Shop on 01691 828466 or email us at

Pete Beresford on accordion entertaining volunteers and customers