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The Gillingham branch of credit union Wyvern Savings & Loans recently celebrated its 1,000th opening to the public.

The occasion was marked by a visit from Gillingham mayor Barry Von Clemens who is himself a volunteer at v and a strong supporter of the scheme.

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives that provide an effective and viable alternative to for-profit financial institutions for millions of members in 117 countries worldwide.

More than 89,000 credit unions exist globally, providing a range of financial services for their members, recognized as a force for positive economic and social change.

Wyvern Savings & Loans has been serving the people of Dorset and Somerset for over twenty years in its branches. ‘We have over 4,500 active members and have made loans in excess of £5 million in that time,’ said its marketing director Dave Martin. ‘Well done to our volunteers in Gillingham who have reached the milestone of 1000 openings.’

Opening hours and more details can be found here.

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