Thornham Village Hall & Playing Field needs your vote to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

Thornham Village Hall & Playing Field is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Thornham Village Hall & Playing Field is one of the groups on the shortlist.

We are looking to provide extra facilities for children using our popular Play Area . This will provide bags of fun for all visitors to our Playing Field.

Chairman John Warham said, “ We are lucky to be shortlisted for this Tesco scheme. Now we need your support to make our dream a reality. We are ready to go as soon as we get the green light”.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in March and April and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £63 million to more than 20,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.” Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit Ends

Notes to editors:

• The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores.
• So far Bags of Help has awarded more than £63 million to over 20,000 community projects.
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Thornham Village Hall

The BagLadies of Thornham

The BagLadies of Thornham, formed in 2006 to raise money for good causes within Thornham Village and have raised over £50,000 since then.

The title Bagladies of Thornham comes from the fact that their initial fundraising involved making shopping bags from donated fabric, which they then sold at fetes and bazaars to generate income.

The skills of these talented ladies know no bounds and they work hard and aim high to improve their village. Today’s BagLadies stitch and knit and bake and cook to help so many local groups and organisations, in their words, “because Thornham’s worth it”.

The founder members of the group, Melanie Venes, Sue Hardy and Ann Whiting have been joined by Sue Warham, Angela Morris, Janet Needham, Wendy Brooks, Val Goddard, Carolyn Barrett and Chris Berridge, and have taken fundraising to a new level.

Whilst still producing their trademark shopping bags, they also produce stitched and knitted gifts for adults and children, gifts for the home, jams, marmalades, preserves and Christmas decorations.

The BagLadies of Thornham are in evidence at every local event whether selling their crafts or providing and serving refreshments and cakes.

They have helped to equip the village hall, the Church, the village cinema, Kids’ Club and the History Society. Their grants have also gone towards the upkeep of the playing field, the children’s play area and grass verges in the village, as well as directly to the cricket, football, bowls and indoor sports clubs.

Their major fundraising event of the year is the Winter Gift Fair which is held in November where all of their handmade products will be on display. The event comprises 22 stands selling the best in Christmas gifts and decorations and every penny raised from this event will go back to the local community.

The BagLadies truly have the interest of Thornham Village and its residents at heart.

Thornham Village Hall

Thornham Village Hall