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Local businesses rally together to support the community

Posted on : 01 Apr 2020

Local businesses rally together to support the community
Farmer Lee Pritchard

Farmer Lee Pritchard has diversified his business to respond to the Covid 19 restrictions in an effort to help his local community cope with social distancing.

Lee is from Rhymney and this is where he runs his business Llaethdy Carno Dairies. A few months back he worked with Caerphilly Council’s Cwm a Mynydd Rural Development Programme as part of a ‘Pop up to the market – Trial Trading’ project where new businesses’ received advice, guidance and support to access customers and trial their business ideas.

Over recent weeks he saw the need to support the vulnerable in rural communities so with the help of the Rural Development Team he has joined forces with Mair Arthur, owner of The White Cross, Groeswen  and a good friend of #TEAMRURAL to open the pub to act as a village shop providing milk, eggs, bread, potatoes etc. Groeswen, a small village with the only 2 amenities being the pub and the chapel.

Lee Pritchard has inspired others to follow suit, and is now operating a similar model in the Gwaelod y Garth Inn across the river Taf.

Both pubs are now in operation selling fresh produce boxes for residents of the villages. This is truly a great display of networking, especially in times of crisis.  A triumph for #TeamCaerphilly!

Cwm a Mynydd Rural Development Programme is supported by Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council’s, via the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

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