Raising a glass... to The Star

Mary Cooke and Julia Bryan.
Mary Cooke and Julia Bryan.
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Every little helps, says Tesco.

Only, not when it came to supporting a community group in Worrall, it seemed.

The Tesco Extra store on Sheffield’s Spital Hill had promised to supply wines for the village’s annual charity wine-tasting event this Saturday.

The Call My Bluff-style evening raises money towards running costs at Worrall’s recently refurbished Memorial Hall.

But when event organisers went back to the store to talk tipples just before Christmas, it seemed their glass was empty.

“The manager who had kindly agreed to supply us with 36 bottles of wine, and had even offered to throw in some cheese and biscuits, couldn’t remember his October promise,” said Barry Minshall, a director of Worrall Community Association Limited.

“When we managed to jog his memory he said that their funding pot for charities had run out. We were terribly disappointed,” added Barry, 61, a civil servant with the Department of work and Pensions in Sheffield.

Left high and dry, organisers were preparing to dig deep into community centre funds to buy the wine – until The Star stepped in. We contacted Tesco’s head office who immediately swung into action to put things right.

A breakdown in communication had occurred at the Spital Hill store, they said – and they were more than happy to put things right.

“We are pleased to be supporting the Worrall Community Association wine- tasting event this Saturday and wish them every success with the evening,” said a store spokesman.

Organisers of the six-year-old Fun with wine event, which had been supported by Oddbins until its demise, were delighted by the last-minute good news.

“We will be raising a glass to Tesco’s – and The Star – on Saturday night,” declared Barry.

“It’s a very worthy cause they have supported. The Memorial Hall is a hub of the community. All manner of groups use it, from a baby and toddler to the local Brownie pack.

“It’s an unpretentious evening for those who are new to wine and those who know their Shiraz from their Sangiovese.”

A panel of experts, each dressed to represent different wine-producing countries,read out real and fake wine descriptions in a bid to fool the 80 guests.

Former Oddbins Sheffield branch manager Barry Starmore, is compere and there’s an informative talk on each wine. Tickets, £10, are still available. Call Barry Minshall on 07914 796235.