New Four Marks store invites bids for £15,000 community support

The Southern Co-operative is launching a £15,000 community support scheme for local good causes in Four Marks with the opening of its new store in the village (5 February).

19 jobs have been created at the new community store on Winchester Road, which will be officially opened by Four Marks Scout Group on Wednesday 5 February at 10am. Store Manager Alex Bland will also launch the store’s £15,000 Community Support Card (CSC) scheme for 2014, inviting local good causes to apply for the funding from The Southern Co-operative.

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Alresford store launches £15,000 community support campaign for local charity

The Southern Co-operative store in Alresford has launched its 2104 Community Support Card campaign by announcing that Broadlands Group Riding for the Disabled will be the sole recipient of this year’s scheme to receive up to £15,000.

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Young cooks’ competition aims to be catalyst for culinary career

Young culinary talent in Hampshire is flourishing, according to the organisers of a regional cookery competition aimed at 12-14 year olds, following its 2014 launch across Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

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Opportunity to receive £10,000 community support launched in Odiham

The Southern Co-operative’s Odiham store is inviting bids from local charities and good causes to receive a donation of up to £10,000 from its Community Support Card scheme for 2014.

The Southern Co-operative’s Community Support Card (CSC) scheme, which is run in selected food stores across the south each year, is driven by customers but doesn’t cost shoppers anything to support.  Retail Business Manager at its Odiham store, James Knott, explained: “Our CSC scheme is a great way for local charities and organisations to raise thousands of pounds with the backing of our customers. Local good causes need to complete an application form by 15 February, which they can pick up here at the store.”

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Parkview Retail joins Southampton Voluntary Service’s Christmas toy appeal

This Christmas, Parkview Retail Ltd, a franchise of The Southern Co-operative, wanted to give a little back to Southampton’s most needy children, and as Franchisee Richard Inglis explained: “Southampton Voluntary Services has run a Christmas toy appeal for 34 years from their base in St Mary’s, and this is so close to home for all of our staff, we just had to do something to help! There are 3,000 names on the list of children who, without this appeal, may not even receive one present this Christmas.” Richard added: “Our staff gave up their free time to help make a difference and went shopping; with £200 donated by the store and more than £100 of our own stock, we were able to donate a very sizable amount of presents.  But it didn’t stop there, as some of our customers heard what was going on and contributed even more gifts!”

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Parkview Retail Ltd Southampton is proud kit sponsor of Chamberlayne Athletic Ladies FC

Parkview Retail, a franchise of The Southern Co-operative, has sponsored the kit of Chamberlayne Athletic Ladies FC, providing match kits and rain jackets for 15 members of this promising new team, after they got in touch with Franchisee Richard Inglis to request support.

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Christmas tree blessing remember loved ones

The Southern Co-operative has been holding Christmas tree blessings in all of its funeral homes on the Isle of Wight throughout December. Clients from the past year have been invited to attend and write personal message cards, known as memory stars, to add to the tree in memory of their loved ones.

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Christmas lunch and clothing donations deliver festive feast

Over 100 free Christmas lunches were cooked and served to homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless at Buckland Community Centre in Portsmouth by a team of volunteers from The Southern Co-operative (Wednesday 11 December).

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Christmas tree blessings remember loved ones

The Southern Co-operative is holding Christmas tree blessings in all of its funeral homes throughout Hampshire during December. Clients from the past year have been invited to attend and write personal message cards, known as memory stars, to add to the tree in memory of their loved ones.

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New crematorium combines state of the art facilities with traditional service

Prior to the opening of The Southern Co-operative’s new crematorium, The Oaks in Havant (12 December), over 150 funeral directors, clergy and celebrants were given an insight into the state-of-the-art building to familiarise themselves with the new facility.

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