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Delight as village shop reopens.

Byline: GARETH WYN WILLIAMS

A COMMUNITY enterprise was officially opened by the island's Assembly Member this week. The recent closure of Siop Newydd in Llanfaes, near Beaumaris, after being open for over 40 years, was a huge blow to the community. With the subsequent planning approval being awarded to convert it into a residential property, this left the village in limbo with the only option being a car or bus journey or two-mile walk to Beaumaris for groceries. According to local councillors, this hit the elderly and those without transport hardest. But this week saw the village shop once again open its doors, all thanks to the work of members of the community. This follows community hall chairman, Fred Spencer and Beaumaris town councillor Betty Kotkowicz, coming up with the idea of setting up a social enterprise shop in the village hall, going on to form a shop committee. In a short space of time, the committee moved mountains to reach the stage where the shop is now open to customers. Opening the new venture, Rhun ap Iorwerth AM, said: "There is a fantastic community spirit in Llanfaes and getting this sort of thing off the ground is never easy. "But seeing the shop back open in the village is proof of what can be done when a community comes together with determination and vision." Fred Spencer added that all the profit raised at the shop will go back into the Llanfaes community to provide a play area for the local children.

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Open for business: Rhun Ap Iorweth AM opens the new shop at Llanfaes on Monday
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jan 29, 2014
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