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EXCITING NEWS!!!! We are delighted to be a recipient of Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative. We have been chosen to receive a grant to create a beautiful guided walkway, through Manor Farm Country Park leading to the wreck of Henry V’s flagship Grace Dieu at the bottom of the River Hamble. Not only will this encourage people to get out and explore nature but it will celebrate the region’s rich, and often overlooked, place in history.

How much funding we get depends on public vote so PLEASE please visit your local store and help make a difference in your community. Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each region awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

Walking trail towrads wreck of Grace Dieu(1)7 - Walking trail towards Grace DieuWith your VOTE we can transform this woodland path into an accessible trail that will bring the region’s medieval history to life

The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.

We will be using one of these awards to fund this stunning woodland trail which will use the latest digital technology to bring to life the story of Henry V and his epic ship Grace Dieu. The trail will feature a soundscape, evoking the medieval past with music, historical facts, tales of how Henry’s flagship was built, how it was the foundation for The Royal Navy – and how it never actually sailed for war. We will work with local school children to create new stories based on the legendary medieval Southampton character Sir Bevis – a source of childhood inspiration to Henry V. Depending on how many votes we get some of  these will even be narrated by the children and then imbedded in the trail technology bringing history alive for visitors as they amble down to The Hamble – so please vote for us in your local Tesco store.

Let’s blaze a trail and make history!

Please visit your local store and help make a difference in your community.

To find out more about the #BagsofHelp initiative visit

Support us by Tweeting and Liking our posts using the hashtag #BagsofHelp and by casting your vote at some of these local Tesco stores from February 27 to March 6:

  • Ashdown Road Express, Chandler’s Ford SO53 5RD 
  • Fair Oak Esso Express, Winchester Road, SO50 7HD ;
  • Eastleigh Twyford Road Esso Express SO50 4HP
  • Westend Express, SO30 3AA 
  • Eastleigh Metro, The Swan Centre Eastleigh  SO50 5PN 
  • Eastleigh Bishopstoke Express Bishopstoke Rd Eastleigh  SO50 6LA 
  • Hedge End Tanhouse Lane Express  SO30 2SZ 
  • Bitterne Spring Road Express SO19 2BN