There was a new beginning of sorts today for St Canice’s Church’s ‘New Beginnings’ thrift shop as the Rector, Rev Canon Paul Hoey, cut the ribbon on new premises, in the Benbow Industrial Estate, on the outskirts of Eglinton village.
“At 1,750 square feet,” Canon Hoey says, “the new premises offer much more scope for this part of our ministry. We still have our original premises in Main Street, for the time being. That building served us really well when the project was launched last December, but these new premises are far more spacious and offer us much more potential.
“Our coordinator, Roberta [Sinclair] and her daughter, Melonie, have loaned a professional eye to the lay-out and from an aesthetic point of view – and from the shopper’s perspective – the new shop offers a far more enjoyable experience.”
Six shoppers arrived within fifteen minutes of the formal opening. The new shop has lots of items for sale, including giftware, jewellery, clothing, handbags, crafts, books and lots of decorations – all donated by local people.
“I’m immensely grateful,” the Rector said, “to the people who have given us items for sale, to the people who come and buy things in the shop – supporting our ministry in the process – and grateful, too, to our wonderful volunteers who staff the shop. I would encourage people to come along and browse. They might just stumble across that special gift they’ve been looking for, for someone special.”
The new premises are just outside the village, less than quarter of a mile from St Canice’s Church. All proceeds will be ploughed back into the local community – in helping to replace St Canice’s Hall which was badly damaged in the August 2017 flood – and in supporting local charities.