Bosham Cricket Club bowled over by £10,000 community support

Bosham Cricket Club has received a £10,000 donation from The Southern
Co-operative following the success of the retailer’s community support
scheme run at its Bosham stores over the past year.

Launched last October with a free community party, the Bosham community
support scheme to donate up to £10,000 to Bosham Cricket Club ran jointly
at its Bosham stores in Delling Lane and Station Road. The scheme is a way
for local charities and good causes to raise funds with the backing of
customers, but without costing shoppers a penny to support. The recipients
are chosen by members of The Southern Co-operative who shop and work at the
participating store to ensure that the funding directly benefits the local

John Strudwick, Bosham Cricket Club Captain, said: “Cricket has been played
in the village for over 100 years and is an important part of village life.
The club is open to all residents and friends of Bosham and its
neighbouring villages. We’re really grateful to The Southern Co-operative
for this £10,000 donation and appreciate the effort from the Bosham
community to support the scheme. We’ll use this to finance the preparation
and maintenance of the cricket square and outfield, plus we also need
changing rooms to comply with league regulations. This is an on-going
project which is the next step into creating a local sports club open to
all ages, playing at good levels, in beautiful surroundings.”

The Southern Co-operative’s Retail Business Manager in Bosham, Paul
Chatfield, said: “Bosham village is a very close community and support for
our store’s fundraising and community initiatives is always very strong,
as demonstrated by the success of this scheme. I know the cricket club
really appreciates all the support from our customers and have said they
would like to come into the store to help customers pack their shopping
bags by way of a thank you to show their appreciation.”