Beer bag project proves popular

PUBLISHED: 12:01 18 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:16 17 June 2010

AFTER the success of last year s Beer Bag project the new version of the bags are proving to be just as popular. Sarah Williams, 35, of Steamers Restaurant and Annie Boalch, 46, who joined forces after they both had the similar idea of selling eco-friend

AFTER the success of last year's Beer Bag project the new version of the bags are proving to be just as popular.

Sarah Williams, 35, of Steamers Restaurant and Annie Boalch, 46, who joined forces after they both had the similar idea of selling eco-friendly bags in aid of local clubs, are now hoping the second batch of the re-usable bags will also go down a storm.

And Sarah is confident that they will do just that.

"We had a delivery of 100 bags just before Christmas and they have nearly all been sold," she said.

A further delivery of 400 bags arrived last Friday and they are also expected to fly off the shelves.

The carbon-zero jute bags, which have been sponsored by 23 local groups and businesses, are of a similar design to the previous bags with a blue colouring.

So far the bags, which each cost £4, are being sold in 11 shops and businesses, including Beer Post Office, Beer Village Store, Marine House Gallery and the Steam Gallery, but this could increase to 15 in the next week.

Last year £2,400 was made by the sale of the bags and £2,000 of that sum has already been distributed to 14 local groups.

The pair are hoping to make the same amount this year, however they are thinking of asking clubs to apply for funding this time around to make it as fair as possible.

Leading on from the Beer Bag project, Sarah and Annie have also arranged a Village Activities Fair which will take place in February.

They have invited nearly 40 local clubs and societies to take part in the fair in the hope of attracting new members to join the various groups.

Sarah added: "All of the groups will have individual information stands. People can find out about joining the clubs and meeting the members.

"A lot of people are nervous about joining a group for the first time so this will be the ideal way for them to find out more information."

Sarah is also intending to produce a booklet with all of the groups' information on for people to take away with them on the day, and, at a later date the information will also be added to the Beer website, www.beer-devon.co.uk/.

The fair will take place on Saturday, February 7 at the Mariners Hall between 10am and 3pm and refreshments will be served. To find out more information about the activities day and to participate, call Sarah on (01297) 22922.


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