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Llanmadoc shop has trolley-load of community spirit

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

Lord Mayor Ceinwen Thomas at the new Llanmadoc community shop.

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IT is a village store, post office and coffee shop with all sorts of goodies, including Gower-grown fruit and vegetables, and even homemade cake.

But Llanmadoc Community Shop is different from your local store — it is owned and run by villagers.

In 2007 residents decided to set up the non-profit shop in the village and since then a small army of volunteers has helped run the shop, which provides a vital service to locals to visitors alike.

Last August the shop was given a more permanent base and moved into an eco-friendly, purpose-built building, thanks to grants from the Welsh Government and Swansea Council, and cash from the shop's coffers.

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Now the community shop volunteers have celebrated the official opening of the shop with a plaque unveiling by Gower AM Edwina Hart and Swansea Lord Mayor Ceinwen Thomas.

A reception was held at the shop, with a tea party for the children in the evening.

Ms Hart said the community shop had gone from strength to strength since it opened.

"It is a wonderful venture and serves an essential purpose in such a close-knit community," she said.

"It is also wonderful for tourism and is all volunteer led."

Mrs Thomas said: "I've always said we're a city of communities and supporting initiatives like these is very important to ensure that we keep that community spirit going.

"It is a lovely idea and is a model for other communities to follow. It stocks local produce and is energy efficient.

"Everybody rallies together and has their own role to play. I really hope it goes well for them."

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