FRENSHAM threw a big party for the 20th anniversary of their village shop and to mark this now-profitable venture the shop distributed almost £3,400 to four ‘good causes’.
The management committee wished to repay villagers for their support and hard work by donating the current trading profit to other community causes – St Mary’s School library, St Mary’s Church’s bell tower repair fund, Frensham Sailing Club’s Sailability, and the British Legion collection for a new kitchen.
For the past two months the shop’s customers have been voting for their preferred cause, and the £3,372 was split between the four in proportion to the votes cast.
Shop chairman Roger Holmes, thanked all those past and present involved with the shop, including the full-time manager, three part-time post office staff, the 60 volunteers who assist them, the management committee and the many local suppliers.
The cheque equalling £654 for the Sailing Club was presented to Susanna Gray by Charles Maxwell, the shop’s long-time vice-chairman, while Rev Jane Walker accepted the donation of £738 for the church from the shop’s newest volunteer, Bryan Silletti.
One of the youngest helpers, Will Barber presented the school’s cheque of £962 to governor, Jenny Carter and James Stevens was pleased to receive the legion’s cheque of £1,024 from Roger Holmes.
Celebrations went on till late in the evening and party food, provided by Frensham Village Shop and prepared by Kerry Weeks and a band of helpers was washed down with the shop’s wine and soft drinks.