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Villagers' Fundraising Pays Off As New Locally-Sourced Shop Opens


9:05am 6th April 2013
(Updated 9:07am 6th April 2013)

Locally-sourced will be the theme for a new shop opening in Broadwindsor today (April 6).

Over 20% of Broadwindsor Community Store's products have been sourced from the area including goods from local bakeries and farms.

Chairman of Broadwindsor and District Community Enterprise Fraser Hughes said: "As a community shop we are helping to support the local firms that do business around us.

"We're using the local milkman, who delivers all his products through Broadwindsor. We have other local bakery products, sausages from local farms, and we're buying our fresh fruit and vegetables from a firm in Chard. So there's a great variety."

Opening of the shop has been a long battle for those involved, culminating in over 19 months of hard work to get the community store off the ground.

"We've had tremendous support from the village all the way through," said Mr Hughes. "Not just in terms of moral support but also financial support. The village raised over £33,000 towards the opening of the new shop and have been very supportive all the way through."

To celebrate its grand opening, and see the cutting of the ribbon, shoppers will be invited to enjoy cake and refreshments from 11am.

As part of the celebrations, children from Broadwindsor School were invited to design commemorative posters for the event, with 9 year-old Ellie Guppy being selected the lucky winner.

The community store is located on Drimpton Road on the site of the Old Telephone Exchange which previously functioned as a printing company.

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