Local independent shops play a vital role in our communities in Suffolk, providing essential services, particularly for frail elderly residents, while also bringing people together. Last week, Dan was delighted to open the new Somersham Community and District Shop, which will be located at the heart of the village, and comes after residents rallied to help secure over £115,000 of funding to re-instate a new village shop.
Villagers in Somersham have been without a shop since the previous one closed in 2007. Following its closure, residents got together and formed the Somersham and District Community Shop Community Interest Company (SOMSHOP), which has helped to pull in vital funding from a range of sources, including the Big Lottery Fund, Suffolk county Council and Mid-Suffolk District Council. Dan is pleased that residents in Somersham will again be able to use and support their own local shop, and would like to thank all of the villagers who have worked so hard over recent years to make this project become a reality.
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