The community store project has only been made possible thanks to the very kind generosity of a huge number of organisations and individuals.

We are indebted to the following bodies, which awarded grants to the project:

  • National Lottery Awards for All
  • Prince’s Countryside Fund
  • The Linbury Trust
  • Hampshire County Council – Rural Communities Fund
  • Hampshire County Council – Councillors Grant
  • Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council  – Local Infrastructure Fund
  • Rural Development Programme for England – LEADER Programme
  • The Plunkett Foundation
  • Power to Change – Bright Ideas Fund

We are also most grateful to a number of individuals who made generous donations.

Households that have taken up the share offer are most appreciated, providing both moral and financial support. Don’t forget, it’s not too late to become a member.

Finally, special mention goes to the following for their tremendous help and support:

  • Lord and Lady Sainsbury
  • Michael Maxwell, Paul Sadler and Preston Farms
  • Rob and Jane Marks at Canterton Stores
  • Christian McCabe of CPFM Construction
  • Charles Bradshaw our indefatigable project manager
  • Anneke Pettenburger-Perwald for all her work on the store’s brand and identity
  • past CVCS committee chairmen Bob Wood and Richard Walker
  • past members of the store committee; Clare Armstrong, Sarah Saunders, Ali Swanton, Denise Waite, Claire Willmott
  • Carol Ward for HR expertise
  • Bill Davidson for H&S advice
  • Chris Smith for website and EPOS skills
  • the DIY team – Keith Laws, Adrian Emck, Geoff Ellett, Nick East, Peter Phillips and Ron Bligh
  • a host of willing volunteers who have given generously of their time and expertise to get the store up and running

and of course, the current management committee who continue to invest considerable time and energy in the store.