Rye Community Shop joined in the national celebrations for Volunteers Week (June 1-7) on Monday at The Pipemakers Arms with a get together with refreshments kindly provided by the pub. They were celebrating an enormously successful three years of operation where £75,000 has been given to local charity and community groups to help with ongoing costs or specific projects.
Since moving to 41 Cinque Ports Street the shop has made in excess of £100,000 which is an incredible achievement and everyone is to be thanked for their support. We have become an important part of the community which not only operates to raise money but also provides a valuable recycling point for all those unwanted items which would otherwise go to landfill. Sadly we cannot accept furniture or children’s equipment (for safety reasons) but we do pass small electrical items to the British Heart Foundation.
From June 1, Rye Community Shop has entered a new phase in its development with the appointment of a second shop manager, Clair Turner, who will be sharing the responsibility on a job share basis with our existing manager, Julie Stonham. Between them they will run the shop on a day to day basis and will open from Tuesdays through to Saturdays from 9:30am until 4pm. The shop will however now close on Mondays.
I would like to thank everyone, volunteers, trustees, donors and customers both past and present for their tremendous support over the past three years. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Image Credits: Kenneth Bird.