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funds to refurbish and extend the Village Hall which was outdated and tired.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
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
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.
5th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS 2015
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