Rotary’s Christmas shop was officially opened by the President of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne Peter Lawrence On Friday morning. The charity shop in the former HSBC bank premises on Market Square will be open six days a week from 10 am until 4 pm, it will be closed on Sundays. Rotarians and ladies from the Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne will take it in turns to staff the shop, with the Inner Wheel volunteering on Mondays, the Rotary Club of Crewkerne from Tuesdays to Fridays and the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District on Saturdays.
In addition to a well stocked shop selling a variety of quality used goods, the Rotary shop will be a collection point for unwanted ties and belts and metal ring pulls from drinks cans. These items can be donated anytime during shop opening hours and will be sent to the Purple Community Fund. The PCF charity was set up in the Philippines to help communities that were scavenging on waste sites and has now expanded to help vulnerable people in the UK and internationally to recycle goods into sale-able items, in order to improve their skills and gain financial independence. The charity trains people to turn donated belts and ring pulls into stylish bags and make dresses from the ties.
The Rotary shop in Crewkerne has also reserved a small corner area to display a Rotary water survival box. Rotary International’s water survival boxes are sent to disaster areas all over the world to help with sanitation and survival following extreme weather conditions, earthquakes and other destructive forces of nature. Crewkerne’s Rotary shop will remain open until January 15th, 2018. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from sales in the charity shop will be donated to local good causes.