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The Community Chest is to re-open on July 20th
Sporting its new livery and completely revamped for Summer trading in a post COVID world the Chest is reopening its doors to its loyal customers on July 20th. So put the 20th in your diary now.
Cheryl our fantastic manageress and her team of volunteers have been working on making the shop inside as great as it now looks outside. There is to be a new emphasis on upmarket clothes and bric a brac but as Cheryl points out there is a great appetite in the town for goods of all types and prices and she will not be neglecting any of the range of shoppers she caters for. Already a landmark in the town and increasingly well known around the locale Cheryl is determined that post COVID the shop will continue to be a friend to all who call and any volunteers that work there. She is especially proud of the vibe that the current team of volunteers has created both amongst themselves and also with its customers many of whom know it by a second name as the ‘friendly shop’
Because of COVID we can no longer take donations at the shop itself. We simply can’t put in place the necessary protective processes in the space available. SO as from July 14th and by the kind help of Mr John Romans we will be taking donations TWO days a week at Lloyds Bank.
Timings as follows
MONDAYS between 9 and 1;00pm
TUESDAYS between 1 and 4:00pm
Please please please do not put donations outside the shop or the bank and leave them there for us to sort. Leaving goods on the street is a form of littering. It creates a trip hazard for the elderly and less able and in this new world is a significant health hazard to curious passers-by.
Remember every time we behave in a manner that threatens to unleash the virus we are extending the lockdown circumstances in which we all have to live.
COVID SAFE CONDITIONS
WE HAVE DONE EVEYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE THE SHOP SAFE FOR CUSTOMERS AND STAFF.
Only three customers will be allowed in at a time. There will be sanitiser and facemasks at the entrance for customer use. Using the sanitiser will be mandatory, facemasks too. There will be a one-way system in place for getting round the shop. You will be asked to carry a shopping basket round with you. Please minimise your handling of goods and where you have handled them put them in the basket wether you want to buy them or not. These will then be removed from display until we can make them safe again. Cash will be a thing of the past and we will only take payment by card. There will be a minimum charge of £1:00. A member of the staff will be on the floor at all times to help guide you if that is required. They will maintain social distance. Using the shop staircase, we have created a safe haven for them if necessary. All the team has been trained in maintaining a safe environment and they have instructions to enforce this should it be necessary.