Prince Charles opens Uley Community Stores

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By Rubyred | Friday, February 22, 2013, 16:26

by Tom Gibbon

A relaxed Prince Charles charmed crowds in Uley this morning as the village turned out to see him officially open their community shop and post office.

The Prince was greeted at the volunteer-run Uley Community Stores by some of the residents who helped save the shop when its previous owners decided to retire last year.

They managed to raise more than £50,000 by selling £10 shares in the not-for-profit enterpise to those residents of Uley and nearby hamlets wanting a stake in their own community-run shop and post office.

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The Prince was welcomed by chairman of Uley Parish Council, Anne Sutcliffe, local vicar, the Rev Diana Crook, and Chris Cowcher from Gloucestershire Rural Community Council - all of whom helped kickstart the project.

Before unveiling a commemorative plaque, the prince chatted to the unpaid helpers, including shop manager Angela Haddrell.

Appearing at ease, the smiling prince asked the volunteers questions about the project and accepted gifts of a book on Uley's history, a pair of mugs from a batch made specially to mark his visit and a tray bake cake with a 'thank you' message in the icing.

"He was an extremely charming man," volunteer shop assistant Enid Fullard said. "I was surprised by his wavy hair at the back."

Prince Charles chatted to schoolchildren and accepted a map they'd made of Uley village.

He then spoke to playgroup tots and others in the sizeable crowd outside the shop before heading off to Quedgeley, where he met long-serving employees at his shirtmakers, Turnbull and Asser, which has held the Royal Warrant since 1980.

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