Sir George hands over the cash to Rod Sutcliffe, Chairman of the Management Committee of the St Mary Bourne Village Shop Association, on the first day that the Village Shop opened.
"At a time when many village shops are closing, St Mary Bourne are showing the way forward. This shop and Post Office will be well-supported by the village which has worked so hard to get the project off the ground."
Many villagers don't have cars, and the bus service to Andover is infrequent. The shop will help them with their everyday purchases, as well as providing a focal point for village life."