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Notts church bidding for Tesco cash to fund green space

St Mary’s Church, Lowdham in Nottinghamshire has been shortlisted for a minimum of £8000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative, which will help them create a green space for the community ...

St Mary’s Church, Lowdham (in the Southwell Diocese) has been shortlisted for a minimum of £8000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative, which will help them create a green space for the community. They are asking for the public to vote at the store in Arnold for more money for their project.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

The public are being asked to vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on which initiative should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.
Vicar of St Mary’s, the Revd Carol Tainton says: “God is good! As part of our ‘Heritage, Hope, and Legacy’ at St Mary’s this is great news and will enable us to move forward in helping us to create our community green space and mapping of our church grounds. Please do vote for us!”
The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales, which will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded these community based grants. The shortlisting will allow St Mary’s to at least geo-physically survey the grounds which will enable further work to be carried out.  
Janice Yelland-Sutcliffe, Heritage, Hope and Legacy - Community Green Space Coordinator at St Mary’s, says:
“If we win, the largest funding pot we will be able to begin the work to create safe access to essential areas, and to plant hedging that will provide food and shelter for wildlife. This project very much reflects the Freedom of Creation / Greening Churches initiative within the Diocese and we hope it will inspire the community to connect with creation and find the space to connect with the Creator. What an opportunity – what a blessing.”
All groups are being encouraged to spread the word digitally by promoting their group’s own work as well as through the public’s in-store voting between 27 February and 6 March.

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