Rotary clubs to open charity shop in Barnstaple town centre

Joseph Bulmer

FOLLOWING the incredible success of the Barnstaple Link Rotary Charity Shop last year the club has decided to open a shop again in the town centre. However, it will be bigger and better. This year the two Rotary clubs in Barnstaple, the Barnstaple Link

FOLLOWING the incredible success of the Barnstaple Link Rotary Charity Shop last year the club has decided to open a shop again in the town centre. However, it will be bigger and better.

This year the two Rotary clubs in Barnstaple, the Barnstaple Link Club and the Barnstaple Club, will combine their efforts and jointly run the venture which last year raised enough money to donate funds to 54 local charities and good causes.

"We will again be raising money for local causes and charities that do not have the presence or back-up of the larger charities on the High Street", said Tim George from the Barnstaple club.

"Initally the shop will be stocked by donations from our members who are busy emptying their lofts and garages but once the shop is open they will be looking for donations of items from the general public.

"I believe we are unique in the town by being able to accept and sell electrical items, as we have qualified staff to test and pass the items for safety", said Keith Rogers from the Link club.

Rotary has acquired the impressive building at the end of Butchers Row in Boutport Street that housed the former Tourist Office and until recently a school uniform shop.

"Because of Health and Safety we will only be able to use the lower section but this is a big area and adequate for our needs", said Clive Norris one of the Barnstaple Link members who will be helping in the running of shop which is due to open on Monday the 19th of July.

The clubs pride themselves on only selling donated good so are not in opposition to shops etc as they do not buy in any new stock for re- sale.

"Many of our members are in business in the town so we know how important it is not to jeopardise their income", said Tim George.

It is planned that the shop will be open from 9am to 5pm six days a week.

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