Treasures found in the Community Chest

Sturminster Newton’s newest shop, The Community Chest was opened on Easter Saturday by Alice Plunkett of ITV Racing. The shop, situated opposite the Museum in the centre of Sturminster, will raise funds to brighten up the town and make it an even better place to live, work and play.  On the opening morning it was filled with local folk happy to bag a bargain while supporting the town.

Shop Manager Tracey Chick thanked all those who had worked hard to get it up and running and said “We have had wonderful feedback so far. We want the shop to become a fun community hub, recycling unwanted goods and school uniform items. Many more community initiatives will follow and we will hold tourist information, encouraging visitors to support local attractions. Every month we will offer a raffle with a splendid prize, always from one of our lovely local shops.  Find us on Facebook and come and see what’s on offer for April!”

Councillor Pauline Batstone, one of the team behind the shop, said “The Community Chest will bring more bargain hunters to the town, rather than taking trade from the existing charity shops and hopefully those people will spend in the other niche shops in Sturminster.  Some 235 million items of clothing went to landfill in the UK last spring and we will do our best to make a small dent in that number this year.”   The team, led by Mick Woods want to thank all the volunteers and a number of local businesses who have supported the venture this far, including SturQuest Enterprises, Symonds and Sampson, Farnfields, Sweet Pea, John Romans and Dawn Wilkins Design.