Dripping Yarns with David Arnold

AN imaginative new money-saving initiative has been launched by Lewes FC.

Called Support & Save, the scheme gives all Lewes FC shareholders the opportunity to enjoy exclusive discounts at shops, restaurants and even several pubs around town.

With nearly 450 people having already paid the minimum £30 per annum to own a share in Lewes Community Football Club, the scheme is clearly off to a flying start.

To take advantage of any of the discounts, members simply need to produce their valid Rooks Membership Card when making a purchase at any of the participating retailers. These are listed on page eight of this week’s Sussex Express and also feature at: www.lewesfc.com/share

The idea for Support & Save came from Andy Hayes, manager of Hartleys off-licence in Lewes High Street. An enthusiastic fan of the Rooks himself, Andy (pictured) says he gets plenty of opportunities to chat with fellow supporters when they visit his shop and it dawned on him how the growing Lewes fanbase must command considerable spending power in the town.

The advent of the shareholder scheme produced the perfect conduit through which a discount scheme could be launched.

Andy had a word with a couple of Lewes FC directors and they recognised the potential straight away. As Andy observes: “The great thing about Support & Save is that you don’t even have to be a Rooks fan to benefit from being a shareholder.

The £30 annual cost gives scores of opportunities to make real savings at a host of Lewes shops and services and I’m sure people can recoup their outlay many times over in the course of a year.

‘Speaking as a fan, it’s clear to me that the more shareholders we have the more money there will be available to keep our team competitive and develop the Dripping Pan facilities.

“It’s a really exciting initiative and, as you’d expect, Hartleys are in it with a five per cent discount on everything except cigarettes.”

Tomorrow morning (Saturday) there will be a Lewes FC display stand in the precinct manned by volunteers who will be pleased to talk you through the scheme.

You can even become a Lewes FC shareholder on the spot!

See today’s Sussex Express for a full version of this column