Birthday fun for Ferring charity shop

Bob Smytherman, Cllr Haymes, Cllr Robertson, Cllr Sean McDonald and Hugh Lowson
Bob Smytherman, Cllr Haymes, Cllr Robertson, Cllr Sean McDonald and Hugh Lowson
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The St Barnabas shop in Ferring has celebrated its 20th birthday.

Worthing Town Crier, Bob Smytherman, was busy at the shop, announcing its 20th birthday celebration in his traditional and rousing way.

Shop staff and volunteers outside

Shop staff and volunteers outside

The shop, which is situated on the main street in Ferring, opened in 1996, and the team celebrated its 20th birthday with a tea party.

Among the many guests, the Chairman of Arun District Council, Cllr Stephen Haymes, the Mayor of Worthing, Cllr Sean McDonald and Cllr Carole Robertson, Chair of Ferring Parish Council attended, together with staff, volunteers, customers and donors.

Hugh Lowson, CEO of St Barnabas House, presented some of the shop volunteers with their five and 10 year badges including a 20 year badge to June Lockhart, one of the original shop volunteers, who is still volunteering at the shop, 20 years on.

Everyone enjoyed the refreshments before the stunning ‘tea-party’ themed birthday cake, topped with a fondant teacup, was cut by Cllr Haymes and June Lockhart, to mark the occasion.

Jan Harper, head of retail, said: “Inviting everyone to our 20th Birthday celebration was our way of saying thank you to everyone in the local community for supporting us with their generous donations and customer over the years.

“We all had a great time and I’d like to thank everyone who came along to join in the fun”.

Last year alone, the Ferring shop team processed and sold over 55,000 items that were generously donated by local people and the funds raised by the shop, pay for the whole of St Barnabas for nine days out of every year.

The shop sells designer clothing, accessories and handbags, antiquarian books and bric-a-brac, with some unusual and quirky items.

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