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PUBLISHED: 00:00 05 January 2018

Rose Farm Shop; Sadie Pine, Caroline Stone, Lee Clays, Sarah Crawford and Ellie Phillips

Rose Farm Shop; Sadie Pine, Caroline Stone, Lee Clays, Sarah Crawford and Ellie Phillips

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Putting the spotlight on retailers whose business is an important part of community life

When Utkinton lost its Post Office and village shop John Johnson stepped in. The farmer, who has Rose Farm, just outside the village, opened Rose Farm Shop. It was then that Lee Clays, aged 14 at the time, started working part time in the shop while he was still a pupil at Tarporley High School. Today Lee, who’s now 34, is the butcher for the farm shop.

Rose Farm Shop not only sells beef and pork from animals reared on the farm but also stocks lamb from less than a mile away. They also sell several local food producers including Weetwood Ales, Mrs Darlington’s and Cheshire Farm Ice Cream. The shop also has a Post Office and sells other grocery goods. It’s a valuable service for the local community.

‘We are an importart part of the community,’ said Lee. ‘For me, as the butcher, it’s fantastic as I know exactly where the meat is coming from. But it’s also a fantastic chance for our customers to buy local. I think we’re a rare thing as we’re a farm shop that’s actually on a farm.

‘We have customers who come in for specific things and others do their weekly shop with us. I really enjoy being at the farm shop because of the social side. I love meeting the customers. We’re pleased to be a part of village life.’

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