At an Extraordinary Meeting of Effingham Parish Council this evening (Thursday 14th May) by a vote of seven to one, a grant was agreed of £5,000, with more help possible if needed, to the Effingham and Little Bookham Parorchial Church Council to set up a temporary village shop in Layla’s Cafe on The Street during the period when the cafe is closed during the coronavirus emergency. The aim is to provide a food shop which is easily accessible for elderly and vulnerable people in the village and families who rely on benefits, during the period when the Village Supermarket and Bevans Butchers are closed following the fire on 21st April. The TVS will be managed by a volunteer management team. Guildford Borough Council’s Aspire Fund is also making a grant of £5,000.
The temporary village store is expected to open on Tuesday 19th May.