MEMBERS of the Graffham Village Shop Association (GVSA) and the community have celebrated the first phase of their village square project.
The project was marked with the official opening of a new picture framer’s unit which will house Stephanie Marx’s workshop.
The now-empty unit will be used as a residential living area.
Chairman of the GVSA James Woods said: “We are well on the way to our goal, namely a sustainable village shop with double the retail space and accommodation for any future shop tenant.
“Now Stephanie will be able to work in a well-deserved, well-insulated, modern structure.”
Cllr Michael Brown, West Sussex county councillor for Arun ward, which includes Graffham, opened the first phase of the project.
Together with Ana Fajardo, area development manager at Rural West Sussex, and Laura Bern of the Business Development Team, Michael Brown was pivotal in securing two grants totalling £50,000 from West Sussex County Council, without which the project would not have been able to proceed.
The GVSA say they are indebted to the villagers who have generously contributed to the fundraising.
Mr Woods added: “The support of WSCC has been pivotal.
“Graffham is on its way to sustainability.”