Bidding to get on the boule

A GROUP that supports a local community park is hoping to get on the boule with the help of Thurrock shoppers.
The ‘Friends of Hardie Park’ are hoping to build a petanque rink at the venue in Stanford-le-Hope and they have signed up to the Tesco Bags of Help initiative in the hope they will be able to fund the project through a donation from the retail giant.
Tesco’s community funding scheme means grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – are awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
The Friends of Hardie Park are on the current list and you can vote for them at Tesco stores in Grays, Tilbury, Chadwell and Lakeside.
Voting is open in stores until the end of June. Customers cast a vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Rob Groves, Director of ‘Friends of Hardie Park’ said: “The construction of a Petanque rink will be a wonderful addition to the park, as it is such an accessible game and can be played all-year round.”
Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects and we can’t wait to see them come to life in local communities. We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting bringing their project to life.”
l Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit website www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

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