BOSSES of a Wrexham-based café and gift shop were treated to a day out in Parliament courtesy of their local MP.

Simon Baynes, the member for Clwyd South, welcomed Louise Lidford and Nichola Hembury, from Two Doves Café and Gift Shop in Pen-Y-Llan Street in Overton to the House of Commons in November.

The invite was as part of celebrations for their MP HERoes Awards, celebrating female entrepreneurs for their hard work in running the business and thereby creating a community hub.


Established in October 2019, Two Doves Café and Gift Shop in Overton serves breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea as well as a range of hot and cold beverages.

The shop specialises in products from in and around Clwyd South and the rest of Wales while Louise and Nichola, close friends for more than 30 years, have previous experience owning their own businesses, working in corporate law and blue-chip companies.

They said: “We were truly honoured to visit the House of Commons and to be given the opportunity to meet such inspiring and diverse women with whom we’ve already made connections.

“The recognition from our MP is absolutely wonderful.

“After the four years have passed in our cosy corner of Clwyd South, we can't help but reflect on the warmth and joy each of our customers, dogs and staff have brought to our community hub in Overton.

“Our customers are either regular morning visitors, weekend explorers, members of our groups and clubs or people who simply drop by to unwind after a long day.

“Their choice to make our coffee shop part of their routine has turned it into a true community home. We're honoured to be the backdrop for their stories, celebrations, and quiet moments of reflection.

“We thank them all for being the heart and soul of our coffee shop. We look forward to continuing this journey with them.

“Here's to more laughter, more connections, and of course, more coffee in the days to come.”

Mr Baynes nominated Louise and Nichola for the MP HERoes Awards in recognition of their hard work in creating a venue that serves the rural community in Overton.

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He added: “Louise and Nichola work incredibly hard to serve the Overton community through the Two Doves Café and Gift shop.

“I was very pleased to nominate them for the MP HERoes programme in recognition of their hard work in creating a venue that serves the rural community in Overton.

“It was great to meet them in the House of Commons and I look forward to my next visit.”