Village shop in line for an ‘Oscar’

Award winning Kirdford Village Stores
Award winning Kirdford Village Stores

KIRDFORD Village Stores could be in line for a ‘Rural Oscar’ from The Countryside Alliance.

The shop was voted south east finalist for the Village Shop or Post Office category finalists.

It will now go head to head in the national competition featuring ten regional finalists across the UK.

Michelle Nudds, CA regional director for the south east, said: “Kirdford is community owned and managed and has only been open for 18 months, but has made a serious impact.

“Local produce, a tea room, an art wall, Post Office, internet, Kirdford is a haven for the community.

“One nomination said simply the shop has put the heart into the village while another enthused that the local book club now has somewhere to meet.

“Village shops are always so much more than the sum of their parts - produce, facilities, all of that is vital, but what matters most is people, and Kirdford’s focus is spot on.”

Sue Ransley, chair of Kirdford Village Stores, said: “We are amazed and delighted to receive this award - this is such a popular and well supported initiative run by an organisation that is so well respected amongst rural communities.

“It is also testament to the good folk of Kirdford who supported our nomination by voting for us, and obviously acknowledges the quality of the management of the shop by Craig Ramus and his team, the range of products they offer, and the warmth of the welcome.

“Thank you again to everyone involved.”

The next stage is when the winning businesses head to the House of Lords on March 7 to hear if they have scooped a national title.

The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’, are now in their seventh year of celebrating the characters, skills, traditions and enterprise of the countryside through the people who work so hard to make it tick.

The Awards are public-nomination led, meaning each business is put forward by a supportive customer.