Local Nursery School Opens New Southern Co-operative Store in Lenham

Lenham Nursery School received a special invitation to cut the ribbon to open The Southern Co-operative’s new food store on Faversham Road in Lenham and received a £500 donation.

Ahead of the store opening, the 15 new store colleagues and their manager have been working closely with the Lenham Nursery School. The store colleagues have helped the nursery to fundraise to purchase: five new storage units that enable children to access resources to help develop their self-help skills and a mobile cloakroom unit in the conservatory to house children’s belongings, creating extra space for children to develop in a safe environment.

The Southern Co-operative store in Lenham is opened by the store’s colleagues, Luke Reeves – Store Manager (centre), Sarah Siddons - Nursery Manager for Lenham Nursery School (centre front) and children from the nursery.

The Southern Co-operative store in Lenham is opened by the store’s colleagues, Luke Reeves – Store Manager (centre), Sarah Siddons – Nursery Manager for Lenham Nursery School (centre front) and children from the nursery.

Sarah Siddons, Nursery Manager for Lenham Nursery School said: “The £500 donation has enabled the nursery to complete its task of replacing all of the nursery furniture which is no longer fit for purpose. The Southern Co-operative’s donation together with other community projects have enabled us to purchase enough appropriate sized nursery height tables and chairs for all children to access furniture that supports good physical development to become focuses learners.”

The Southern Co-operative’s new community food store is home to a large range of fresh produce and chilled food options, an array of pastries freshly baked and available in-store every day and a selection of locally sourced products from Kent within the store’s ‘Local Flavours’ range.

The community food store will be open from 7am until 10pm, seven days a week with plenty of parking available.

Luke Reeves, Store Manager for The Southern Co-operative store on Faversham Road, Lenham, said: “My colleagues and I are thrilled to be part of The Southern Co-operative’s new store in Lenham. Our store has a wide range of fresh and locally sourced products available which I hope the people within the village will enjoy! We’re really looking forward to being part of this wonderful community and can’t wait to meet all of our new neighbours.”

As part of The Southern Co-operative’s new community programme, Love Your Neighbourhood, our store in Lenham will now be looking for a fundraising partner. Charities and good causes from across the village and surrounding areas are being encouraged to apply before 30th September to become the cause that the store will fundraise for throughout 2016/17.

To apply, please pop into The Southern Co-operative food store in Lenham to collect an application form or visit http://www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/local-partnerships/ and fill in the downloadable form which will need to be returned to your local store. Alternatively, you can e-mail: community@southerncoops.co.uk for further assistance. The deadline for applications is 30th September 2016.