Croeso i Gemaes Welcome to Cemaes
… the most northerly village in Wales
… y pentref mwyaf gogleddol yng Nghymru
The village venture was set up by the community for the community. It sells an interesting, eclectic mix of handmade crafts, knitted items, books, homemade cakes and chocolates. There are two bric-a-brac stands, which raise money for Cemaes-in-Bloom and Cemaes Carnival.
How it all started
Just before Christmas 2009 a group of enthusiastic people, mainly craft workers approached the chairman of Llanbadrig Community Council to see if it would be possible to rent the empty newsagent shop in the centre of Cemaes High Street. He negotiated with the estate agent with whom the property was for sale and a deal was struck to secure the property.
The volunteers set to work to clean the place and decorate it with paint donated by the community. The windows were cleaned, someone else sorted out the electrics and a carpet was laid.
Then came the stalls of amazing woven ivy items, willow baskets, homemade cakes and lovely handmade chocolates. The best hand knitted walking socks on the island and leaded glass vases and memory boxes, a spinning wheel and wool. Books and second hand items all came out on display.
Anglesey MP Albert Owen came along to open the shop and was joined by the Cemaes Carnival Queen and Petal Princess. Even the Dame from the local Pantomime took time out from rehearsals to make an appearance. Wine from the Cemaes winery was drunk as a toast to this community venture and it was hoped that it would be supported by the whole community and beyond.
Supporting the community
As originally planned, if there was any money left at the end of the financial year the Village Venture would put the money back into the community.
So far Cemaes primary school has benefited with new wet weather gear for the younger children and a science project. The Playing field had help, as did Cemaes Woodland with some maintenance work. Money was donated for the Christmas lights, lighting in the Harbour and small donations given to the snooker club and Llanbadrig Church. Two free shopping trips to Llandudno for the villagers have also come out of the pot.
This year it is hoped to help Cemaes Carnival with a band to lead the procession to celebrate 80 years of the carnival.
Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm and Bank Holiday weekends