NO WONDER they celebrated with an anniversary party, complete
with cake, candles, and banners. The volunteers who run a charity
shopin the village of Abercynon, in the Valleys of the diocese of
Llandaff, have raised £40,000 for good causes over
the past 15 years.
It was set up and run by volunteers from the parish of
Abercynon, and had to move to larger premises a few years ago. The
Priest-in-Charge of Abercynon, the Revd Dr Sarah Rogers, led a
special service as part of the celebrations.
The shop is open Monday to Friday, and its stock includes
women's clothes and bric-a-brac. More recently, it has been
extended to include new knitted stock made by parishioners during
Lent. Their work extends from tea cosies and blankets to lavender
bags and cardigans.
The shop's manager, Lynne Landeg, says that it was very much a
leap of faith when they set up the shop. "We couldn't have done any
of it without the wonderful team of volunteers both past and
present. . . It gives me such a lot of satisfaction in what we have
achieved here, and the social side is tremendous - we have so much
fun, often meeting up for socials outside of the shop."
The money raised goes to parish church funds and local
children's charities, and there are monthly coffee mornings in the
shop as well as regular raffles. Dr Rogers says that it plays an
important part in the life of the parish: "It is a great place to
meet and to interact with everyone in the area."