Sir; North and South Oxfordshire Village Shops Associations have given a warm welcome to proposals from supermarket chain Somerfield to set up a ground breaking delivery scheme to village shops (The Grocer, March 18). The scheme, offering retailers regular supplies of fresh and ambient goods at realistic prices, is due to begin operation in June. The Village Shops Association believes that this initiative from Somerfield will help to stem the recent decline in rural services. For many shops this offer will be seen as a positive lifeline. Helen Datson Village Shops Fieldworker {{LETTERS }}

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