The first groceries, coffees and sandwiches have been sold at a newly-refurbished community shop that won a £50,000 grant from Surrey County Council.
Strood Green’s The Shop threw open its doors as groups were reminded that they have just days left to apply for cash for projects that improve their local areas.
It won the money to make repairs and extend the premises from the Community Improvements Fund, which was created by Surrey leader David Hodge to support residents’ efforts to independently enhance their neighbourhood.
More than a year after first visiting the shop, which is owned by more than 500 local shareholders, Mr Hodge was on hand to help officially open the improved premises with the help of Cabinet Member for Community Services Helyn Clack.
The Surrey leader said: “It’s fantastic to see how the money has been invested in continuing to ensure the shop plays such an integral part in community life.
“Whether you want a bite to eat, a coffee or just a chat with other locals, the shop is a great place to go.
“It really highlights Surrey’s community spirit and is a great example of the county council and residents joining together to make the county an even better place to live.”
A video of Mr Hodge’s trip to the Strood Green shop in May last year after it won funding is below.
Groups have until Friday 24 October to get their bids in for the latest funding round. More details can be found on the county council’s website and details of recent projects winning cash can be found by following this link.