Three local shops gain top award nominations

C Potter & Sons manager Gary Kane, owner Chris Potter and Alan Moore
C Potter & Sons manager Gary Kane, owner Chris Potter and Alan Moore

Three local shops have been nominated to take home awards in the midlands heat of this year’s Countryside Alliance Awards.

Shop@Stanwick has been nominated in the top village shop or Post Office category, the Lancaster Farm Shop in Higham Ferrers has been nominated in the local food category and C.R. Potter & Sons butchers in Stanwick has been nominated as a finalist in the best butcher category.

The Countryside Alliance awards are now in the seventh year and are held to celebrate the characters, skills, traditions and enterprise of the countryside through the people who work to make it tick.

Each of the finalists in the regional categories were chosen because of the volume of nominations they received from customers and supporters.

The competition will come to a head in March when the winners of each of the regional heats of the contest will meet in the national final, which takes place at the Houses of Parliament.

C Potter & Sons butchers in Stanwick made it all the way to the Parliamentary final at last year’s awards.

Chris Potter from the shop said: “We were best butchers in the midlands at last year’s awards and I’m really pleased to be nominated again.

“We put our win from last year on our carrier bags and everything because it’s a feather in our cap.

“It was brilliant to go to the final last year, we had a day out. We went into the Houses of Parliament and had a champagne reception on the embankment of the Thames.”

Joss Coles, shop manager at Shop@Stanwick, said it was good for the village to have both the shop and the butchers in Stanwick nominated for the awards.

She said: “We are over the moon – it’s four years in a row now.

“It’s thanks to the support that the villagers have always shown the shop.

“It’s them who put us up for it so they must think we are doing OK. It’s great.”