Donation is a breath of fresh air to the shop

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Community shop staff, volunteers and customers at Broadwindsor are no longer sweltering in the heat, thanks to a donation from Magna Housing Association.

Broadwindsor Community Stores applied for a grant to help pay for air conditioning at the shop, which has been open for just over a year.

Fraser Hughes, chairman of Broadwindsor and District Community Enterprise, which runs the shop, said: “We are enormously grateful to Magna for the grant for the air conditioning.

“Our chillers were struggling to keep the temperatures down in the hot weather. The installation of the air conditioning has made a huge difference and last week resulted in record sales.

“Our customers have also appreciated the cool of the shop.”

The two air conditioning units, which, during the winter can also be used to provide heat, were installed by local electrical contractor Shaun Annetts.

Julia Matso, vice-chairman of Magna’s community initiative fund forum, presented a cheque for £2,000 to shop assistant Jane Sloman.

The fund is managed by a group of Magna residents. Each year, £150,000 is given to things that will improve the areas where residents live.

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