Colleagues at Your Local Co-op in Chipping Norton have kick started celebrations to mark 150 years of serving the local community with a visit from town mayor Mike Tysoe.
Mr Tysoe visited the store today (Thursday) to unveil a special plaque to pay tribute to the years of service colleagues have dedicated to the local community.
The ACE Children’s Centre on Burford Road also joined the anniversary celebrations and were presented with a £1,000 cheque as a part of the Food store’s ‘Community Choices’ campaign, which launched last month.
Helen Ruff, headteacher and head of The ACE Children’s Centre, said: “We’re proud to be the first community group to have been given £1,000 from the new Community Choices campaign. The new outdoor play equipment will enhance our play area and get our kids excited to go outside and learn all about the wonders of nature.
“We’ve had a great relationship with Your Local Co-op over the years and have recently used the store’s Community Area to host play sessions with local children. Having experienced the store’s commitment to the area first hand, it was great to celebrate its anniversary celebrations too.”
The charitable giving programme sees members of the Society vote for a local good cause in Chipping Norton to receive a cash injection of £1,000 every month to help make a positive impact to the area.
The first lot of funds will be used to purchase outdoor play equipment for The ACE Children’s Centre, which will be used every day to aid the children’s learning and development.
As the High Street store marks its anniversary, a dedicated colleague also celebrates her own milestone achievement after receiving an award for 20 years of commitment to the Chipping Norton store.
Frances Winchester, currently working as a customer service assistant, was presented her long service award – one of the most prestigious awards offered by the society.
During her time with the society, Frances has been involved in a wide range of initiatives to support local organisations and charities, and has committed to volunteering and fundraising for Katharine House Hospice, a cause close to her heart.
Adam Quinton, store manager at Your Local Co-op in Chipping Norton, said: “It’s a very exciting year for us and to be able to reach a milestone of 150 years is a great achievement, and we hope to serve the community for a long time to come.
“We’ve also been able to recognise the dedication of one of our colleagues, whose commitment to Chipping Norton has been outstanding over the years.
“It was great to welcome the mayor to help us celebrate and present the first cheque of our ‘Community Choices’ campaign, which sees our members lend a helping hand to good causes in the area, something that we’re truly passionate about.”