Village welcomes community Christmas tree thanks to grant funding

A Christmas tree lit up

Ryburgh Village Shop received a grant to install a village Christmas tree outside their shop. - Credit: Hopkins Homes

A north Norfolk village now has a Christmas tree for its community thanks to a charity grant.

Ryburgh Village Shop has received a grant from the Hopkins Plunkett communities scheme which has allowed them to install a village Christmas tree.

The tree provides a centrepiece for the town’s celebrations and is normally sponsored by local businesses, but this year is funded by the scheme from national charity the Plunkett Foundation and housebuilder Hopkins Homes.

A Christmas tree outside the shop in daylight

Ryburgh Village Shop received a grant to install a village Christmas tree outside their shop. - Credit: Hopkins Homes

The Hopkins Plunkett communities scheme aims to ensure community groups can support those who need it and to ensure a brighter Christmas and the New Year with grants of up to £1,000.

Andrew Purdy, chairman of the shop, said: “In this difficult year, the community has more than ever appreciated the value of having a village shop. 

"We are most grateful to Hopkins Homes and the Plunkett Foundation for helping us to give something back to the community, to be a little seasonal cheer and a hint of normality by sponsoring our Christmas tree.”