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Village ‘shed’ marks first anniversary

Many happy returns! Pictured (from left) are just some of the Y Shed businesses: The café team led by Rachel Roberts, (back centre) and sister Jane (not pictured), Rachael Wheatley (project co-ordinator), Mel Cawthray with Charlie (Bowwow’s) and Sandra Payne, The Craft Hub.

Meliden’s Y Shed – a community hub which provides space for up-and-coming businesses, artists, and crafters – had been open for just a few months when the Coronavirus pandemic forced it to temporarily close.

Y Shed

The converted old railway building, home to independent businesses, a shop, and café attracted thousands of visitors in its first few months.

The enforced closure was a blow for all at Y Shed, a project championed by charitable housing association Grŵp Cynefin and Meliden Residents Action group.

Now, four months on, the Grade II listed building has opened its doors again, just in time for its first birthday and is already expanding.

Mair Edwards, Grŵp Cynefin’s Community Initiatives Manager, said: “Y Shed was a great success from the minute it opened its doors, so March’s closure was a blow.

“We took the very sensible decision to close ahead of the lockdown so were shut for longer than some. And, of course, reopening has meant looking at how we all do things and finding ways of working differently, providing a safe environment sprinkled with Y Shed magic.”

Far from sitting on its laurels, Y Shed has expanded with the temporary opening of an ice cream parlour – Dave’s – at the back of the building, a venture run by the same team who run Caffi @ Y Shed. Dave’s enables the café team to maximise their offer under the current restrictions.

“It’s just two weeks since we opened, and we have been fortunate to welcome back our regular visitors and see some new faces. We’re also continuing to support the businesses here and helping them move through these new times; everyone is working together to ensure Y Shed remains a success.

“Our amazing building has stood here for many years and has had many incarnations. As a building, it has remained steadfast as part of the community, and that’s not about to change now; we’re the custodians of a new future,” added Mair.

To mark Y Shed’s milestone, a bumper pack of goodies was given to the first person through the door on the morning of the first birthday.

Birthday box winner Clarice Barber with Meg and Ebony from Caffi @ Y Shed.

Delighted Clarice Barber from Prestatyn picked up vouchers and gifts from all Y Shed businesses, Caffi @ Y Shed, Bella Bay Health & Wellbeing, The Craft Hub, Y Shed’s own shop, Bowwow’s dog groomer and artist Susie Liddle.