Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch County, visited the award-winning Feckenham Village Shop on Wednesday (30 August).

The shop opened in 2009, some 20 years after the closure of the previous village store and is the first such community enterprise in Worcestershire. Designed to be a convenient meeting place and focal point for the local community, it is run by an enthusiastic army of volunteers.

Rachel said: “They aim to provide a warm, welcome and friendly, personal service, and that they certainly do.

“The shop was celebrating a redesign by volunteer David Rowe and Board member Jenny Rowe. This is a fantastic local community resource, and all volunteer run and I can see why it is very popular with the whole community. It attracts locals as well as people visiting, including cyclists.

“The volunteers obviously love giving back to the community and without it, some locals may otherwise feel isolated – I can’t wait to tuck into the cheese I bought and I highly recommend a visit.”

The shop won the national Best Village Shop award in 2009 from nearly 900 entries. It raises money and supports local village causes. It also has a website at: http://www.feckenhamshop.co.uk