Council grants a helping hand to village shop

Winchester City Council has contributed £20,000 to a rural village shop to help residents get the most out of it.

Cheriton Post Office and Village Stores is the first recipient of one of the Council’s Village Shop Grants, one of the initiatives implemented in response to the economic downturn.

The shop now has a new chiller, new shelving, and new electronic point of sale facilities.

The help from the City Council means that the store can now stock a wider range of locally produced meat and essential groceries, and run a much more efficient service.

Gillian Gray-Knight, the proprietor who lives in the village, is thrilled with the support. She said: “We have been able to give the shop a real make-over, resulting in a wider range of goods for sale. Our customers have commented on how much easier it is to find what they are looking for.”

Cllr George Beckett, Leader of Winchester City Council, is pleased to be supporting a vital community asset. He said: “Cheriton stores provide an essential service for the local residents, as well as tourists and visitors. The improvements to the shop will enhance the prospects of the business and help to ensure the long term sustainability of a greatly valued local amenity.”

The grants of up to £20,000 are available to village shops within the Winchester District which provide essential basic services for the rural communities they serve. To apply or find out more, contact Kate Crawford, Economic Development Manager on 01962 848 563 or email