Perfect timing for opening of St Canice’s new thrift shop

St Canice’s Church has opened its new thrift shop in the centre of Eglinton just in time for Christmas. ‘New Beginnings’, on Main Street, between the village chemist and the local supermarket, is described as “a place of caring and sharing for the whole community”.

The COVID-compliant formal opening was performed by the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Andrew Forster. Bishop Andrew prayed for the success of the venture, thanking God for the vision behind the project and the seed that was growing in the village.

The Rector of St Canice’s, Rev Canon Paul Hoey, recited ‘The New Beginnings Prayer’, which asks God’s blessing for the shop, the volunteers who staff it and everyone who comes through its door.

Bishop Andrew pored over some of the items on sale in the shop, including books and bric-a-brac, and bought two autobiographies by rugby internationals Dodie Weir and Paul O’Connell. He chatted to two of the main drivers behind the venture, coordinator Roberta Sinclair and churchwarden Elaine Way.

The shop has many items for sale, including giftware, jewellery, clothing, handbags, crafts, books and lots and lots of decorations. All have been donated by local people.

Monies raised by the thrift shop will go towards the St Canice’s Hall Restoration Appeal –  which aims to replace the hall destroyed in the August 2017 flood – and to local charities.

Photo shows (l-r): Rev Canon Paul Hoey (Rector), Elaine Way (Churchwarden), Roberta Sinclair (Coordinator) and Rt Rev Andrew Forster (Bishop of Derry and Raphoe).