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The Community Chest – Shop for Stur is two years old
Congratulations to this small charity and its volunteers for setting up this unique interesting addition to the Town’s retail offer.
Its all about fun
Doesn’t time fly? The shop has been open for two years. Manned by volunteer staff more than ably managed by Cheryl Basten the shop is going from strength to strength. It has consistently made profits which it reinvests into the Town and continues to work with other community groups to help support our local community.
The shop’s profits are used to support improvements in the Towns infrastructure and community institutions. You can find a list of things that it has supported and invested in at the bottom of the article.
But more than investing in things the shop has become a focal point for people to gather and have a little bit of fun whilst repurposing reusing and recycling stuff that townfolk have decided they need to move on.
And boy have there been some things!
Early in our life we were ‘donated’ an old guitar. Turns out it was very valuable and our lady that spots these things, Margaret Anne took it to auction where it promptly raised over £3000.00. Shocked by this our staff decided to find the original donor (not difficult) and give them two thirds of the proceeds. The staff felt that this was the honourable thing to do. I would say we are not obliged to do this, once donated items become the property of the shop. Nor would we normally do this, after all it would makE life very difficult for us. We found a print of an old irish hunt that sold for £140.00 and more recently some beautiful jewellery that sold for near £300.00. The moral of the story is that you should make sure you know what you are giving away! Of course we’ve made some mistakes too. We were donated a huge (4 foot by 5 foot) oil by a named Italian painter. Sold for £30 on eBay it took us two weeks to wrap it and ship it at a cost of £40!
The shop is part of a charity known as SNEDSL. This not for profit Community Business Society has a similar shareholder structure to a private company which means that for £10 for a share a shareholder has a strong voice in how the money we raise is spent.
So what had SNEDSL been doing?
Our famous Manager Cheryl Basten getting to grips with her till
All of this leaves us with a surplus of funds and we need your mideas to keep us going. Remember the charity is focused on improving the economic infrastructure of the Town.
Ideas currently under consideration include;
If you have some thoughts on areas of the Town we might improve for us and our visitors email Mike Woods on [email protected]