A HAMPSHIRE village that boasts a 220ft folly is set to gain a new food store in a move that will create 14 jobs.

Co-op is opening a branch at Station Road, Sway, on January 22 after transforming part of a site previously occupied by Hatch Motors.

The new 2,000 sq ft store, which will be open between 6am-10pm daily, will run on 100% renewable electricity.

Facilities will include customer car parking, a bakery and a free ATM.

Students in Sway who are TOTUM cardholders - the new name for NUS extra – can pocket a 10% discount off groceries at the Co-op.

Store manager Ant Palmese said: “It is very exciting to be launching Co-op’s newest store. We are very excited about the opportunity to serve the local community, and playing our part in local life.

"We have worked to develop the range, choice, products and services locally that will create a really compelling offer in the community.

“Co-op is committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally and so I also want customers to know that they can become a Member of the Co-op.

"In addition to unlocking additional value and personalised offers, our Members also make a difference to local causes.

"Co-op now donates 2% to community causes every time a member swipes their membership card when buying own-branded products.

"Co-op’s Community Shopping Card makes it easier for those self-isolating or who have been instructed to stay at home to shop and pay for their essentials."

Sway dates from Anglo-Saxon times and is mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086.

The village is best known for Sway Tower, known locally as Peterson’s Folly, which was built by Judge Peterson in the late 19th century.

The Grade II-listed tower is said to be the tallest structure built entirely out of non-reinforced concrete.

The countryside surrounding Sway is featured in the novel Children of the New Forest, written by Captain Marryatt.

Marryatt lived in Arnewood House, Sway, which has since been destroyed by fire.