MEMBERS of the public are invited to celebrate the first anniversary of the Ashton Hayes and Mouldsworth Community Shop.

All are encouraged to attend on Saturday, March 5 from 10am until 12.30pm to mark the occasion.

It has been a year since more than £30,000 in fundraising helped to convert the Kelsall Road premises into a community shop, designed to meet the needs of locals. The store’s local produce suppliers will be present at the celebration.

The decision to fund a new shop was made by residents and parish council members after the local post office decided against continuing its retail section.

Lisa Allman, who spearheaded the campaign for the village shop, said: “The success of this community project is a testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers at the shop, who work hard to maintain a newsagent and general store in a rural location.”

The Ashton Hayes Community Shop is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am-6pm; Saturday 7.30am-5pm and Sunday 8am-12pm. For further information call 01829 751210.