MANY community groups and clubs meet up in ageing decrepid halls.
Dusty, damp and often cold and dank, these rooms are not always the nicest of places.
But for some groups, that’s all about to end as a supermarket has thrown open its doors and set up a warm and welcoming environment, which groups and clubs can use for free.
The community room at Tesco in Quay Street, Fareham, was officially opened by the mayor of Fareham Cllr David Norris yesterday.
Community champion at the store Sam Sharp said the room was one of the first of its kind in the country.
After successful trials in Tesco Extra stores in Havant and Winchester, the Fareham store will be the first superstore to feature a community room.
Mr Sharp said: ‘We are wanting to work around the community.
‘There’s a lot in the media about “big bad Tesco” but you don’t often hear about the good we are doing.
‘We often run different charity events and at the moment we are raising money for Diabetes UK.
‘We want to let people know that we are doing great things for charities and supporting groups in the community.’
The room has a television, desks, white board, computer, desks and can sit 15 people comfortably. There are also crash mats for children to use.
One of the groups that is hoping to use the space for meetings is Shaw Trust, a charity that helps disabled and disadvantaged people find employment.
Anita Singh, from the charity, said: ‘There’s definitely an opportunity for us to use the space.
‘It’s a really nice space and it’s definitely an opportunity that we would like to be part of.’
Mr Sharp said he will be compiling a timetable and encouraged groups to get in touch to book a slot.
The community room can be booked at any time during the store’s opening hours – Monday to Saturday 6am until midnight and 10am until 4pm on Sunday.
To book the room email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01329 818916.