DODLESTON is a convenient place to live, thanks to the reopening of the village shop.

Dodleston Chapel Stores and Post Office, in Kinnerton Road, was bought a year ago by a couple whose dream it was to run their own business.

Samantha (Sam) Whitehead, whose background is in accounts, and scaffolder Lloyd Bergess bought the shop last year and have spent 12 months transforming it into their dream store.

The shop is open from 6am-7pm Monday to Saturday and 7am-6pm on Sunday and employs one full time and two part time members of staff.

“We didn’t realise there were two six o’clocks in a day,” laughed Sam, from Hawarden.

As well as a post office, the shop sells fruit and veg, good quality local produce, wholefoods, cheeses, newspapers, greetings cards, wines, beers and spirits.

Sam believes the shop should be a ‘local friend, not a big brother.’

She said: “We want to be different but there are no gimmicks. If you want quality and something a little bit different, this is the shop for you.”

The couple invited locals to an open evening where villagers had the opportunity to sample wines and homemade Thai cuisine.

“We stock Patchwork Pate, Honesty cakes, Cheshire Farm ice cream, Francis Thomas fruit and veg, cheese from Malpas and local jams and chutneys,” said Sam.

The shop is is the building known as the Primitive Methodist Chapel, built in 1854.

It closed as a church in 1933 and converted into a village shop in 1952. For a while during the Second World War it served as the headquarters of the local Home Guard.