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Keep Sherborne Viable Group donates fighting fund to town charities

By Dadcock  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

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Charities are set to benefit as the Keep Sherborne Viable Group gives away its funds as it prepares to disband.

The group formed in January 2013 to campaign against a proposal to develop a superstore on the site of the Sherborne Hotel.

The group of more than 20 businesses, organisations and individuals aimed to save the hotel and protect the viability of Sherborne’s town centre and was backed by thousands of people.

But the group’s decision to disband has left it with £2,100 from its fighting fund.

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The money will now go to the town’s Senior Lunch Club, the Zest cafe of the Four Leaf Clover Club, Sherborne Food Bank, The Rendezvous and the 1st Sherborne St Aldhelm’s Scout Group.

Each will receive £420 in a presentation ceremony outside Sherborne Abbey on 1st September.

Peter Neal, outgoing chairman of the group, said: “Each charity is a very worthy local cause.

“It is fitting that this particular campaign to keep Sherborne viable ends on such a positive note for the town.”

The group received almost £2,800 in donations for its fighting fund but spent less than £700 after people gave their time and services free.

Tesco dropped its plan for the Sherborne Hotel site.

The group maintains an agreement to reconvene if a future issue arose that needed its expertise.

Dee Adcock

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