March 27, 2014

A COMMUNITY shop established and run by volunteers has received a windfall payment from local fuel company, Rix Petroleum.

Gaydon Village Store, Warwickshire, was presented with a cheque for £205 by Paul Doherty, director of Rix Petroleum (Midlands) Ltd.

The money was raised through a Rix Heating Oil Club set up 3 years ago, enabling deliveries of domestic heating oil to be grouped into a singular bulk order, allowing members to benefit from lower fuel prices.

Sue Roberts, chair of the shop management committee, said the village are really benefitting from the scheme.

“It is a marvellous system because the oil club helps make fuel more affordable for people and the money we get back from it helps the wider community. It’s win-win for all really.”

Last year Coleshill-based Rix Petroleum (Midlands) Ltd donated £177 to Gaydon Village Shop through the oil club and Mr Doherty said as a local firm he was delighted to be contributing to the project for a third year running.

He said: “By delivering to the members all on the same day we reduce our carbon footprint and traffic movements within the village. The members get heating oil at the lowest available price and a donation towards community projects.

“Gaydon Village Shop has established itself as an invaluable part of the village over the past three years, on which many residents rely. Last year the management committee made excellent use of the money we raised so I’m really pleased to be able to donate to them again.”

The shop was opened in 2010 by volunteers after the village had been without a store for around 25 years.

Around 20 local people are involved with running the business which is based in an old storage barn in the car park of the Malt Shovel pub.

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