House of Lords visit in store for King’s Walden shop owner in Countryside Alliance Awards final

Kings Walden Stores owner Amanda Thompson, pictured with daughter Lorna who also works at the shop,

Kings Walden Stores owner Amanda Thompson, pictured with daughter Lorna who also works at the shop, is heading to the House of Lords after making the final of the Countryside Alliance Awards in the Best Village Shop and Post Office category. - Credit: Archant

The owner of a village shop is counting down the days until a reception at the House of Lords where she will discover if she has won a national award.

Amanda Thompson, who runs King’s Walden Stores, will be visited by judges later this month before finding out at Westminster in April if the team have been crowned the Best Village Shop and Post Office in the Countryside Alliance Awards.

She said: “I am excited about our visit to the House of Lords, and my husband and my parents will be coming with me.

“It’s such a boost for a small rural shop like ours and it’s lovely news for our customers.

“Our shop is quirky with so many different things available, Post Office, hampers,coffee shop, gifts, local meat and many convenience items.”

The store, which is up against 11 others across England, has been praised for its ‘exceptional, friendly service’ and its locally sourced goods which have helped it become a ‘one stop shop for the local area’.

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