Congratulations to the Little Cheesemonger!

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The Little Cheesemonger Rhuddlan has just received a prestigious 3rd award for 2019. Shown here Gemma Williams owner and self confessed “Curd Nerd” pictured with Husband Gilbert and MP Chris Ruane.

A Commendation award was given at an event hosted by the Independent Retailers Confederation at the Houses of Parliament on the 5th of November.

The Little Cheesemonger was commended from a shortlist of 25 retailers from across the whole of the UK based on customer votes and judges panel.

The Best Small Shops competition is managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC). The competition celebrates the commitment and creativity of independent retailers on the UK’s High Streets and the central role they play in their local communities.

Speaking at the event, Meryl Halls, Vice Chair of the Independent Retailers Confederation, said:

“It is great to be able to celebrate the lifeblood of our high streets, our independent retailers, especially at this time of uncertainty and discord. The role of an independent retailer can seem like a thankless task but they are nothing if not survivors. Small shop owners employ local people and contribute to local communities and we are so pleased to have been able to showcase the best of independent retailing and give a vision of how engaging and exciting our high streets can be.”

The Little Cheesemonger has been open on Rhuddlan High Street for 2 and a half years and this year has also picked up awards for Best Cheesemonger in Wales by Slow Food UK and Best Specialist Food Store in North Wales.

Owner Gemma Williams said: My goal is to be THE shop in North Wales to offer delicious high standard of artisan cheese, local foods and drink with old fashioned customer service and strong links to local producers and community. These awards have given me confidence to know I’m on the right track. We were so grateful to have our MP (at the time) Chris Ruane join us for the awards on the Terrace at Parliament.


Beware of Cold Callers selling at the door

OWL Cymru – Beware of Cold Callers selling at the door and around car parks
Dear Watch Member,

Further to an earlier warning Trading Standards have request that we send out a further warning to residents to beware of traders cold calling door to door and around car parks trying to sell various goods, including garden furniture, fish, power tools and generators.  These sellers are using high pressure sale methods to try and get a sale and it is very difficult check the quality of the goods before purchase.  In many cases the quality of the goods are poor.

Advice is always be very wary of buying goods from strangers at the door.

Advice from Trading Standards is for any contract made at your home worth £42 or more you must be given a written notice of your right to cancel the contract and this notice must include the full address of the trader.  Unscrupulous traders will put false contact details on documents so avoid paying by cash.  If the trader insists they will only accept cash, especially for larger items, the advice is to refuse to deal with them. Also, please ensure you lock your doors, even while you are in.

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Mayor’s Charity donation

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It was a pleasure to attend this afternoon’s service at Ysgol y Castell. After the September concert organized by our Clerk and Mayor we made a profit of £ 800. Proceeds were split between the Rhuddlan, Dyserth, Rhyl and Bodelwyddan Appeals Committee towards the Denbighshire 2020 Urdd National Eisteddfod and the North Wales Sargant Clic Movement. The Mayor also received a check of £15 from a resident of the town to donate to the final good cause.

The Mayor is pictured donating £ 415 to Miss Sophie Meadows.


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It was a great pleasure for the Mayor to open the new shop on Rhuddlan’s High Street with this owner of the business Jacqui Bell. She has been in the business for over thirty years. She once had a successful and similar shop in Ealing, London. She loves Denbighshire and Rhuddlan and had her education in our county.

Please note one of her table display.



Look out for the scarecrows!

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Voting starts Tuesday 15th of October until 10 am Saturday, the 19th of October.  Votes are a donation of 50p and you can vote in Ysgol Y Castell or The Little Cheesemonger. There are 27 homes with scarecrows and there is a list in both voting places with names and locations. You can join in the festivities on the Saturday between 10am – 12noon at Rhuddlan Community centre for a cuppa and cake to find our the winner or bring your Autumn bake or carved pumpkin to win a prize.