LAST Thursday celebrations were held in the Waitrose supermarket in Malborough to mark the grocery store’s ten years in the town.

The mayor Cllr Lisa Farrell attended the event along with representatives of several charities and community groups from the town to thank the supermarket for its contributions to the community.

She said: “Waitrose has given huge support to local charities and fundraising events.

“The green disc scheme has worked so well here with lots of local groups benefitting from it and staff at the Marlborough store have really helped and engaged with our community - I can’t fault them.”

The supermarket branch manager Ian Burdekin said the store was grateful for the support of the mayor in marking a decade in Marlborough with a reception.

It was also We were extremely grateful for the attendance of The Mayor Lisa Farrell, plus many charities who we have supported throughout the 10 year period. It was a fantastic opportunity for the High Street shop to catch up with the different charities and find out how the money has helped them.

The event also gave the chance for local charities to share advice and ideas on fundraising from different perspectives he said.

He said: “It is important for Waitrose to work with and support the local community in Marlborough.

“We are very proud of the many successes that the community matters scheme has had during its ten year existence.”

During the reception a cheque for £444 was presented to the Jubilee Centre’s Carol Walker Jubilee Centre from Waitrose to help fund the ongoing projects at the High Street facility.

Mr Burdekin said: “Over the past ten years the Community matters schemed has supported many different local organisations, In total we have donated more than £120,000.

“What is really important to us it that our customers are part of this process, it is they whom ultimately decide where the money gets allocated.

“ What makes community matters so special , is that our Partners and customers are engaged with the process of helping many different and diverse local organisations.

“Often a little support can go a very long way.

“We are delighted that over the past ten years we have been able to make a difference in so many different ways.”

The country’s sixth largest supermarket chain was founded in 1904 under a different name becoming Waitrose Ltd four years later and is now the food retail division of the John Lewis Partnership.