Community groups are in line for a share of £20,000 fund

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COMMUNITY groups in a village are welcoming a scheme which will see up to £20,000 split between them.

The initiative was launched by The Southern Co-operative store in Wickham.

Deputy manager Sam Freemantle said: ‘We’re asking Wickham community to get behind our community support scheme to make it a success.

‘It doesn’t cost shoppers a penny to support.

‘They simply have their membership card for The Southern Co-operative swiped each time they shop.

‘The more they shop, the quicker we donate to the scheme – it’s that simple.’

The Southern Co-operative has pledged to donate £12,000 to St Nicholas’ Church and £8,000 to Home Start Meon Valley if the scheme is successful.

Church warden at St Nicholas’ Church Robert Goulson said: ‘There has been a place of worship on the St Nicholas’ site since 1120.

‘The donation will accelerate our aspiration to re-lay the floor and create a more usable space for the community.

‘Everyone in Wickham comes to St Nicholas’ at some point. We are thrilled and grateful to be beneficiaries.’

Home Start Meon Valley’s funding support officer Tracy Micklethwaite said: ‘We’re delighted to have been chosen as one of the recipients.

‘The funding will support our organisation’s core function of providing volunteer support, practical help and friendship for disadvantaged families living.’

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