New Heacham shop to help fund village youth projects

Trustee, David, and volunteer, Lydia Page, trust chairman, Mick Jennings, with Lynn mayor and mayoress, Colin and Julie Manning, outside the new charity shop
Trustee, David, and volunteer, Lydia Page, trust chairman, Mick Jennings, with Lynn mayor and mayoress, Colin and Julie Manning, outside the new charity shop
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Consumers in a West Norfolk village can now do their bit to help fund local programmes for young people following the opening of a new shop at the weekend.

The Heacham Youth and Community Trust charity shop, in the High Street, was officially opened by the borough’s mayor Colin Manning on Saturday morning.

The shop is the trust’s latest fund-raising effort and its chairman, Mick Jennings, said: “It’s staffed by volunteers and the money raised will help fund youth and community projects in the village.”

So far the new initiative has attracted around 20 helpers who, between them, will staff the shop from 10am to 3pm, each week from Monday to Friday.

And Mr Jennings said: “We are very grateful to them for their unpaid work.”

Mr Manning, who was re-elected one of the village’s two ward borough councillors alongside former parish council chairman Peter Colvin last month, described the new initiative as “fantastic.”

The shop is part of the corner site which once housed the village’s former dairy.

The long-term aim is to pull the dairy down and put up a purpose built building which would house parish council offices, a library and a small hall which could be hired by local community groups.

But Mr Manning said: “It’s very much in the early planning stage.”

It is envisaged that, eventually, the shop will become part of that new parish complex.

And Mr Manning said he was encouraged by the community’s response to the opening of the new shop.

He added: “I’m very pleased to see so much enthusiasm for this corner of the high street.”

Officials say that, despite the encouraging response so far, more volunteers would still be welcome to join the team at the new shop.

Anyone interested in helping out is asked to contact trustee Peter Sutton on 01485 570030 in the first instance.