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Vote for The Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden Project at Tesco

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Please use your blue token and vote for the Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden.

The Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden project is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Councillor Kyle Robinson said: “I am delighted that the Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden is eligible for this cash boost.  We are asking people to use their blue tokens in Tesco to vote for this worthwhile project. If we receive the most votes we will receive the maximum grant of £5k. This will help us pay for more materials, bedding plants, benches, memorial plaques and seasonal maintenance of the site on Cedar Avenue/Congleton Road, Butt Lane. We want people to remember that Reginald Mitchell was born in Butt Lane and his Spitfire helped our country win the Battle of Britain. I hope the public will get behind this fantastic project and use their vote for the Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden.”

Before and after photo of work completed so far.

Before and after photo to show the work completed so far.

Voting is open in stores from 1st February to 25th February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £25 million to more than 3,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

You can vote for this worthwhile project at the following stores:

2343    CONGLETON
2626    HARTSHILL EXPRESS
2772    KIDSGROVE
2850    LONGTON EXTRA
2899    MEIR HAY EXPRESS
2900    MEIR
3239    STOKE
3327    UTTOXETER
3328    NEW RD UTTOXETER EXP
4372    BLYTHE BRIDG UXTR EXP
5550    AUDLEY STOKE TRNT EXP
5782    FEGG HAYES EXP
5851    HANLEY EXTRA
6603    NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME REGIS
6848    CONGLETON WEST RD EXP

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Town Rallies to back Garden Scheme

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Kidsgrove Tesco Community Champion Rich Evans and Store Manager Mike Fleming present a new mower to Matthew Ford and Cllr Kyle Robinson for the Kidsgrove Community Gardening Scheme.

Have you heard about the Kidsgrove Community Garden Scheme?  Are you struggling to maintain your garden?  Do you need help with cutting your lawns? If the answer is yes then you may benefit from a new scheme for the elderly and disable people of Kidsgrove, providing low cost, basic gardening.  All the work is carried out by volunteers and does not aim to compete with established gardening businesses.

To qualify you need to live in one of the five wards of Kidsgrove, own or privately rent your property and have no on to do your gardening for you.

Many elderly people are targeted by bogus callers due to the overgrown state of their gardens.  The aim of the scheme is to try and deter bogus callers and to encourage independent living.

Organiser and Father Hudson representative, Matt Ford said:

“This scheme will ensure that the elderly and disabled in the community can get access to a gardening scheme at very little cost.  All our volunteers are vetted before they can start to work at any property.  We are trying to ensure that people can recognise our Community Garden Scheme and feel safe enough to accept our help.  We are a not for profit organisation just trying to do our bit for Kidsgrove.  We would like to thank Rich Evans and Kidsgrove Tesco for donating lawn mowers to our cause.”

The scheme has received wide public support and the backing of local Councillors.  Butt Lane Councillor, Kyle Robinson said:

“I completely support Matthew Ford and the Father Hudson society for putting together a well needed service.  Government cuts have led to the loss of the local handyman service that many elderly and vulnerable people relied on.  I also think it’s great that the service isn’t just for people on benefits as far too often this cancels people out.  The need is out there and I regularly come across residents needing all kinds of support in their home.  I have now set up a system with Matt so that I can refer people in my ward to access the service efficiently.  This scheme will be a huge success and I was pleased to support it from the start.  It shows what can be achieved when communities pull together.”

If you would like more information or help with your garden please contact Matthew Ford, Father Hudson’s Society Development Officer on: 07587034299.