Holbeach St Marks launches its new village shop

Doris Johnson (91), believed to be the oldest resident in Holbeach St Marks, officially opened the new shop. SG240317-223TW
Doris Johnson (91), believed to be the oldest resident in Holbeach St Marks, officially opened the new shop. SG240317-223TW
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Holbeach St Marks has its own ‘corner’ shop thanks to a venture led by the village hall committee.

Until now, residents who forgot to buy a loaf of bread or a pint of milk were faced with a ten-mile round trip to the nearest shop in Holbeach.

Celebrating the opening (from left) are Coun Nick Worth, Colin Davison, Nicky Corke, Richard Pearce and Ghislaine Headland-Vanni. SG240317-224TW

Celebrating the opening (from left) are Coun Nick Worth, Colin Davison, Nicky Corke, Richard Pearce and Ghislaine Headland-Vanni. SG240317-224TW

Village hall committee chairman Coun Nick Worth and colleagues Richard Pearce, Ghislaine Headland-Vanni and Nicola Moore, sourced grants to buy freezers, fridges and stock.

The grand opening of the Essentials Village Shop in a room at the village hall was performed on Friday by Doris Johnson (91), who has lived in Holbeach St Marks since 1943 and is believed to be the village’s oldest resident.

Coun Worth said the shop will be run by volunteers and will open from 3pm-6pm on Mondays and Fridays and from 9am-12pm on Wednesdays.

He said: “As we recruit more volunteers we will gradually extend the opening hours.”

A grant of £1,935 was made by the Dulverton Trust, which came through the Community Foundation for Lincolnshire, and £1,000 came from Lincolnshire County Council via its Healthy Hub.

The shop lives up to its name, stocking essentials such as bread and milk, beans, soup, jams, cereals, sweets, cards, fresh veg from local farms and meat products from Holbeach butchers Swepstones, who are stocking the freezers with sausages and cottage pies.

Coun Worth said: “I would like to thank Naylor Farms for giving us a large amount of daffodils.”

He also thanked volunteers for coming forward to run the shop, including a young man who is working towards his Duke of Edinburgh Award.

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