Tamworth Co-op and volunteers answer Dordon church’s prayers

The grounds of a North Warwickshire church are set to be given some regular TLC, thanks to community spirited locals and a bumper cheque from the Tamworth Co-op.

St Leonard’s Church in Dordon is known for its large grounds, but finding the funds for maintenance has become increasingly challenging. Rev Ann Simmons says her prayers for help have now been answered by the local community. Several people have volunteered their services as gardeners and a timely £581 cheque from the Tamworth Co-operative Society means they will be given the tools they need to maintain the churchyard.

Tamworth Co-op Community Dividend Fund

Julie-Ann Kester, manager of the Tamworth Co-op convenience store in Dordon, hands over a cheque for £581 to Rev Ann Simmons and church treasurer John Allsopp.

The money was allocated from the Tamworth Co-op’s Community Dividend Fund which has handed out more £40,000 to numerous community initiatives during the past four years.

“I would like to say a very big thank you to the Tamworth Co-op and in particular to the Dordon Convenience store where the money was raised by people generously donating their dividends,” said Rev Simmons.
“Those shoppers also deserve our thanks, as do the community minded volunteers who have offered to help keep the churchyard looking nice and tidy.

“We’ve had help not just from the church community, but the wider community too and we are grateful for that. People in this area are very proud of St Leonard’s and they are assured of a warm welcome at the church. Our main Sunday service starts at 10am.”

Julie-Ann Kester, manager of Tamworth Co-op convenience store in Dordon, said she was delighted to present the money to the church.

“A lot of people supported this cause in our store, and we are delighted that the money will be used to help keep the grounds of the church looking nice for the whole community.”