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Super Basket Dash

posted 3 Aug 2012, 01:20 by Nick Houston   [ updated 3 Aug 2012, 01:39 ]
Frensham Village Shop joined with 280 other community-owned shops in July in a celebration fortnight, to highlight the success possible when local people come together to prevent the closure of a key part of their community.  Organised by the Plunkett Foundation, a charity that exists to support rural enterprise, community shops throughout the UK ran a variety of events during the Fortnight to demonstrate their success and display the best of their offerings.

FVS chose to host a series of tastings from local suppliers.  Dreadful weather on some days only served to rally the Frensham spirit, and record quantities of curry, cheese and fudge were sold. 

 A free raffle, available to any customer spending more than £5, was won by Catheryn Stafford Brookes.  Other winners were Milly Wicks in the children’s competition, and Alison Bosence, who won the Super Basket Dash.  With one minute to swoop around the shelves, Alison managed to collect nearly £70 of her favourite items.

 Don Nel, the Village Shop Manager said, “This has been a really positive event, tempting old and new customers in to try our produce.  Since moving to our new premises last year we have increased the range we sell significantly.  The Community Shops Fortnight provided a great opportunity to showcase these new items and to prompt a few new volunteers to come forward to help in the shop.”