A great rural business - Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop
It was a great night for Gloucestershire with four firms from the county crowned with honours at the UK-wide Rural Business Awards. Hillside Brewery, from near Longhope won the Best Rural Drink Business (Further Details) and Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop Association, from the Forest of Dean, was named runner-up for Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project of the Year.
Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop is a community shop and cafe situated between the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley. With the nearest towns a 14 mile round trip and a lack of public services, the shop and cafe provide vital services to the local community. Apart from being a shop and meeting point, the project offers WiFi, postal services, parcel drop off, local gifts, advertises local events, sells tickets and provides a book swap as well as hosting craft groups, parish council meetings and being dementia friendly.
BHVSA Business Manager, Alison Macklin, said: “We are delighted to be the runner up for the Rural Social Enterprise, Charity or Community Project of the Year Award. Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop is run by the community, before the community, providing essential services to our remote village. This recognition is a testament to the hard work of our volunteers and the support of our community, so we are looking forward to sharing
this news with them.”
Now in their fourth year, the Rural Business Awards is the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural business.