A VILLAGE shop owner who saved her shop from the threat of closure has been awarded for her efforts.
Penny Hints, of Tilston, was awarded a Cheshire Rural Women’s Award for Valued Resident, sponsored by Chester & District Housing Trust (CDHT).
Penny, 64, has also worked voluntarily on community projects within the village, including the refurbishment of Tilston Village Hall and Tilston playing fields.
She said: “This has been a real community effort. We have a lot of help from the village. We have a team of nine or 10 people who come in on a Friday once a month to support us.”
Su Bramley, deputy chief executive of CDHT, presented the award to Penny at a ceremony at Byley Village Hall and Penny thanked her husband Ron for his help.
There were six nominations for the Valued Resident Award and Natalie Reed, Kelsall parish clerk, and Elaine Dunham, fundraiser in Tattenhall, also received commendations.
Paula Marshall, Community Housing Officer for CDHT, said: “Penny is one of the people who pull a community together. If we had more people like Penny working in communities they would be a better place to live.”
Penny won a silver carriage clock and a certificate.