A village shop in Denbighshire that was re-opened by the community after being closed for 20 years has been named the Best Village Shop in Wales by the Countryside Alliance.

Pwllglas Community Shop, near Ruthin, won the Village Shop/Post Office category in the Alliance’s awards, which are known as the ‘Rural Oscars’.

Shop managers Sharon Newell and Rhian Jones were presented with their winning plaque at a special ceremony held in Cardiff.

Pwllglas Community Shop has been trading as a community co-operative for three years; it employs five local people and is supported by almost 20 volunteers from the local area.

Community shops have this year dominated the list of finalists in the 11th annual Countryside Alliance Awards, representing almost half of those listed in the village shop category.

The awards are an annual celebration of the many different kinds of rural businesses: local food, village shops, tourism enterprises and butchers are all celebrated in distinct categories.

The village shop category often features community-owned shops, and this year is no exception, with 6 of the 13 finalists being community-owned:

  • Motcombe Community Shop in Dorset
    • Barkers of Huby in North Yorkshire
    • St Tudy Community Shop and Post Office in Cornwall
    • Churchinford and District Community Shop in Somerset
    • Beech Hill Village Shop in Berkshire
    • Barford Village Community Shop in Warwickshire