At the end of June, Bill presented Albert Sheffield, Chairman of Eardisland Community Shop Association, with a greatly deserved Federation of Wholesale Distributors ‘My Shop is Your Shop’ Retailing Award.

He commented that ‘a truly remarkable set of volunteers’ had transformed ‘Eardisland’s historic dovecote into a well stocked, community-run, village shop.’

Handed out to carefully selected stores across the country, the prizes recognise independent ventures demonstrating outstanding friendliness, flexibility and customer service.

Proud to be staffed and managed completely by volunteers, Eardisland Community Shop sells freshly delivered food and drink. No alcohol or tobacco products are stocked. Bill recognised how the project has flourished since its inception in 2009, adding that his ‘admiration and appreciation goes out to these home-grown heroes.’