We need #BagsofHelp to blaze a trail

Page last updated at 28 April 2016 at 13:33

The votes of local people could create a beautiful guided walkway through Manor Farm Country Park that brings Eastleigh Borough’s medieval history to life.

Eastleigh Borough Council’s Culture Unit is a recipient of Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative. As part of the Road To Agincourt project, the unit has been chosen to receive a grant to create a guided trail, 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.

The amount of funding we get to create depends on public votes so residents are being urged to visit their 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.

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

Eastleigh Borough Council will use one of these awards to fund a  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 accessible trail will feature a soundscape, evoking the medieval past with music, 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. The Culture Unit  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 the number of votes received we get some of these will be narrated by the children and then imbedded in the trail technology bringing history to life 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.

Local people can lend their support by casting a vote at some of these Local Stores:

-          Ashdown Road Express, Chandler’s Ford SO53 5RD 

-          Fair Oak Esso Express, Winchester Road SO50 7HD

-          Twyford Road Esso Express, Eastleigh SO50 4HP

-          West End Express SO30 3AA 

-          Eastleigh Metro, The Swan Centre, Eastleigh SO50 5PN 

-          Bishopstoke Express Bishopstoke Rd Eastleigh SO50 6LA 

-          Tanhouse Lane Express, Hedge End SO30 2SZ 

-          Spring Road Express, Bitterne SO19 2BN 

More information on the #BagsofHelp initiative visit