People given a chance to bag a bag

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An opportunity to get involved in the Emsworth community has been grabbed with both hands by Fine and Country estate agents.

Anne-Marie Green, of the North Street agency, believes it was great to become involved in the Emsworth Food Fortnight, which culminated in a Harvest festival in St Peter’s Square on October 4.

‘We supplied 1,500 cloth shopping bags for the festival – in the past these have become something of a collectors’ item locally,’ says Anne-Marie.

‘With a new 5p charge being introduced across England right now for every disposable carrier bag it made sense for us to supply bags that local people can continue to use and make a small financial saving – but a big environmental one – every time they go shopping.

‘Some independent food stores have been supplying their goods in our bags and we have been out and about helping elderly customers carry their shopping.

‘It was a real opportunity for community involvement, important as estate agency is a very people-oriented activity.

‘The Harvest Festival encouraged residents to bring items for the Beacon Food Bank. I’ve noticed in the year that Fine and Country has been open in Emsworth that generosity is an outstanding feature in this community so I’m sure the food bank will see a huge benefit.

‘Before coming to Emsworth I worked in a large city and I have to say that Emsworth is a noticeably friendlier place. Many people commute from small towns to large ones for their work but my journey is the reverse and I love it. Coming to work in Emsworth is real fun.’