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Another Saturday Spectacular from your local Community Shop

Lots of you joined us on Saturday 31st March

This year's High Sheriff was with us as we looked ahead to Easter with an Easter Hat and Easter Tree Competition, and as we celebrated two years of green electricity, generated by our own solar PV panels.

Mr Peter Lawson, this year's High Sheriff of Rutland, had heard good reports of his predecessor's visit to Barrowden, and was very open to an invitation to come and visit us in his official capacity. So we looked forward to welcoming him and Mrs Lawson. We were not disappointed. In spite of a cooler morning a good number gathered in the cafe area and heard him explain a little about his official Court Dress which he had kindly worn for the occasion. Then he and Mrs Lawson judged the Easter Hat and Easter Tree competitions, and also drew the winning numbers for the raffle. The first Prize, a water painting of Barrowden pond, given by the Rutland Lions, was won by Mr David Fry.

Younger people were invited to show their creative skills by making an Easter Hat. All sorts of hats and decorating materials were on hand to inspire their imaginations. Some  brought their own hats and ribbons,  which all added to the fun.  Frances Traves and Thelma Fry were there to help in the making of the Easter Trees on both Friday afternoon and on the Saturday morning.

For the raffle a spectacular First Prize was a painting of Barrowden Village Green by local artist David Thompson. It is a gift from the Rutland Lions organisation. Other great prizes were just waiting for you to buy the lucky ticket.

To help promote green energy from our own roof-tops, local businessman Steve Rudkin and our own Chris Jackson were available to explain what sites will work and how to save on carbon emissions by generating our own electricity. Your Community Shop has been doing this for two years now, and we are delighted to report that we have generated 12% more energy than was first forecast.  Have you ever looked up over the shop door on the inside and noticed the display panel that tells us how we getting on?  How does it work ? Would it be good idea for your house? How much would it cost? The answers came clear on Saturday.

Plus, of course, there was coffee and cake or hot cross buns from the Shop Cafe, and the usual wide range of shopping goods from the Community Shop itself. Have you checked out our prices against the regular charges in other places? We think we stand tall in offering excellent value for your money.

So thank you for joining us on Saturday March 31st for a great time together.