People shopping locally in Wantage and Grove are being urged to capture the moment as part of a new initiative.

Cardholders of the Wantage & Grove Loyalty scheme are being asked to take a picture of a purchase they have made in any local independent business, or of the person who served them…and each month entries will be included in a prize draw.

The Loyalty Card scheme is a Wantage & District Chamber of Commerce-backed initiative to promote local business as part of the wider town vitality project. Chamber President, Gurmukh Randhawa, says: “Wantage and Grove have a lot of independent businesses who offer everything from electrical goods, gifts, and clothing. As a town we are proud of our unique coffees shops, pubs, restaurants and delicatessens. It is fantastic that Wantage has so much variety to offer tourists, shoppers from within as well as from the surrounding villages. A scheme to promote local businesses is great for local economic prosperity.”

Each month there will be a prize provided by one of the district’s top independents for the winning cardholder. For July the prize is a Free MOT and Valet with MotorLux in their garage at 32 Newbury Street, Wantage.

It’s simple to enter: you just need to take a picture of a purchase you make or someone who serves you at any local independent business in the Wantage and Grove area, and post it on the Wantage & Grove Loyalty Card Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/WantageLoyaltyCard or email it toadmin@wantageandgroveloyalty.co.uk before the last day of the month (so for the current prize draw, that’s by July 31st). Provide your name, loyalty card number and the name of the business where the picture was taken, and you’ll be entered into the draw. Anyone without access to a computer can post their entry into The Mix at 15 Mill Street, Wantage. The winner will be announced the following month.

The town vitality initiative for Wantage is being delivered by the Vale of White Horse District Council, Wantage Town Council and Wantage & District Chamber of Commerce through the Wantage Joint Economic Forum (JEF), and town team co-ordinators Mim Norvell and Iain Nicholson.