Vil­lage farm shop closes its doors

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - KAREN BRIT­TON

AFARM shop has closed its doors after 10 years of op­er­at­ing in the heart of a vil­lage com­mu­nity.

Jeff and Pam Skin­ner, both 65, ran the Lane Ends Farm Shop in Sut­ton for a decade.

They live at the for­mer farm and have been there longer than 10 years, orig­i­nally run­ning their butch­ers whole­sale busi­ness from the site and then de­cid­ing to open the farm shop too.

The shop has stocked lo­cal meats and pro­duce and been a pop­u­lar venue for Mac­cles­field pro­duc­ers to be able to sell their items.

Jeff and Pam are also well known for their pies which they make at the shop with their team and sell at the Trea­cle Mar­ket in Mac­cles­field.

But Jeff and Pam, who have a daugh­ter Vic­to­ria and son Christo­pher, have de­cided to re­tire and held a farewell day for cus­tomers as they closed the shop door for the last time.

They say they are sorry to say good­bye to their loyal cus­tomers.

Jeff said: “We have many loyal cus­tomers and we’re both very sad to be clos­ing.

“We didn’t put it up for sale as it’s our home too and we want to stay in Sut­ton.

“But we’re start­ing to feel our age and the work­load was too much and it’s a shame but it’s just one of those things, it’s time to go.

“We’ve tried to sup­port lo­cal pro­duc­ers and peo­ple will miss it.

“But our pies are still go­ing to be avail­able at Trea­cle be­cause of pub- lic de­mand.” Jeff orig­i­nally worked in in­sur­ance and Pam was a hair­dresser in Con­gle­ton be­fore they changed ca­reers in their 30s and opened a butch­ers whole­sale busi­ness.

They moved the busi­ness from Con­gle­ton to Lane Ends Farm when the op­por­tu­nity arose and have con­tin­ued to sup­ply meat to var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions.

This side of the busi­ness, named Parkin Food, will con­tinue, with cus­tomers in­clud­ing lo­cal schools and nurs­eries.

Pam said: “It’s sad to close the shop and we just want to say we’ve had an amaz­ing team.

“The staff have been fan­tas­tic and we’ll be eter­nally grate­ful.”

The farm, which stopped op­er­at­ing after the war, has lo­cal her­itage links as the child­hood home of artist Charles Tun­ni­cliffe, an in­ter­na­tion­ally known painter of Bri­tish wildlife born in Lan­g­ley in 1901.

A so­ci­ety is set up in his honour and his name ap­pears on a stone plaque on the old farm build­ings.

Pam and Jeff Skin­ner have closed Lane Ends Farm Shop in Sut­ton (inset). Rossendale Trust ten­ants went to say good­bye. Adam and Chris (Oakwood at­ten­dees) pre­sented them with mugs printed at Rossendale’s Day Ac­tiv­ity Ser­vice Oakwood. From left are: Mel Ri­ley, Adam Hip­well, Pam Skin­ner, James Cook and Jeff Skin­ner.

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