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Celebration for community shop

A community shop has officially celebrated its successful refurbishment thanks to support from Magnox’s socio-economic scheme.

Bradwell Community Shop, close to Magnox’s Bradwell Site, was awarded £25,000 in 2016 to help fund the purchase of vital new equipment, including energy efficient chillers and freezers, a new point of sale system and the installation of CCTV equipment.

Rt Hon John Whittingdale, Member of Parliament for Maldon, attended the event alongside shop volunteers, local residents, councilors, other funders and suppliers. He said: “I am delighted that Bradwell Community Shop has been completely refurbished with the help of Magnox. The shop plays a central role in the Bradwell community and we owe a debt of gratitude to all the volunteers, as well as to Magnox which has always been such a strong supporter.”

Speaking at the event, Brian Main, Chairman of the Bradwell Community Shop committee, said: “We are extremely grateful to Magnox for awarding us the funds needed to purchase this equipment. It will allow the shop to continue to be a focal point of our community, by reducing the need for our residents to shop further afield as well as supporting local businesses by stocking their produce.”      

Bradwell Community Shop is run by a dedicated group of volunteers and plays a vital role in the local community, including providing a Post Office service. The shop has undergone significant renovations in the last three years to allow it to operate, which were funded through a shareholder scheme, fundraising events and donations.

Bob Nichols, Bradwell Site Closure Director said: “Magnox is committed to providing funding and enabling socio-economic support for the communities in which we operate. The Bradwell Community Shop has been a key local asset for our staff, contractors and local residents alike and we hope that the new equipment will enable the shop to operate for many years to come once the key works at Bradwell Site have been completed.”

Bradwell Site has recently delivered several key milestones in decommissioning progress, including the demolition of the former used fuel cooling ponds, decontamination of waste vaults and disposal of intermediate level waste, as it continues its journey towards care and maintenance.

For further information on how to apply for Magnox socio-economic funding please visit www.magnoxsocioeconomic.com.