£13,000 grant helps provide village shop

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A COUPLE from Sutterton were given a £13,000 funding boost in their bid to open a farm shop in the village.

Marion and Bob Lowrie have officially opened their shop thanks in part to a £13,000 grant from the Wash Fens Rural Development Programme.

They qualified under the grants “rural sustainability” criteria, which looks at people bringing more businesses to villages.

The money went towards the total spend of £70,000 and Bob said the building could not have been completed without it.

He said: “We have brought a butcher’s, baker’s and deli to the village which it didn’t have.

“We’re encouraging people to shop locally.

“Also, keeping the miles down encourages Sutterton people to be kinder to the environment.”

They were joined by beef supplier Patrick Mews, chairman of Wash Fens Rural Development Programme David Thorpe, Mayoress of Boston Sally Jordan, and Sutterton parish councillor Vinny Bush.

Coun Bush said: “Apart from a little industrial estate, this is the only local shop we have. Before the shop, we hadn’t had a butchers for a while.”