Village shop to open

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WASHINGTON will have a village shop again soon with the opening of The Village Larder by Liz and David Harwood, who will run it in the same location as the Post Office before it had to close.

It will be in the Old Stables close to the Frankland Arms, made available by the generosity of pub manager Christine Andrews and is expected to open at the beginning August, supplying fresh bread, meat and vegetables in addition to everyday necessities. There will be free delivery of orders over £10 within the parish.

The parish council has welcomed this independent initiative, reflecting that back in the late 1970s there were two shops in the village - the Old Post Office in the Street and a general stores on the way up to the school, as well as a newsagents and store at Pixies Corner, Hamper’s Lane, in Heath Common Area.

The village had tried unsuccessfully to have a shop established as part of the new housing and garage centre near to the roundabout on the A24. But following failure to get that off the ground, the premises have been turned into another housing unit.

The new shop can be contacted on liz@villagelarder.co,uk or by ringing 07794 918627.

Meanwhile, the parish council has achieved some improvement for the crossing point on the A283 opposite the caravan park. It has not been possible to have a pelican crossing installed but during the summer red rectangles with white ‘Dragon’s teeth’ on either side, will be painted across the road to warn drivers of the crossing point.