'New' Sheringham Salvation Army shop opens
2015: A north Norfolk charity shop run by Sheringham Salvation Army that doubles up as a coffee bar and contact point for the needy has reopened, after undergoing a £100,000 revamp.
Since first opening its doors 17 years ago, the Salvation Army shop, in Church Street, Sheringham, has gone from strength to strength. It not only sells quality second-hand clothing and bric-a-brac, but has become a regular haunt for people wanting a coffee and a chat, and serves as a point of call for people with problems, such as financial troubles, and drug and alcohol issues.
Because the shop had become “tired-looking” after 17 years without a refit, the corps decided to re-invest shop takings in revamping and updating it. The aim was to have much better, more up-to-date facilities for local people, some of whom come in every day.
Sheringham corps leader Major Alex Bishop has been overseeing the refurbishment. Father-of-two Mr Bishop, who is married to North Walsham corps officer Major Janet Bishop, moved to Sheringham six months ago after a stint at the Salvation Army’s Anglia Division headquarters in Norwich. Part of his job in Norwich was taking on the responsibility for the region’s charity shops.
Following a 10 week closure while work was carried out, the shop, which is run by supervisors Cindy Farrow and Claire Taylor and their 30-strong team of volunteers, was officially reopened before Christmas by north Norfolk MP Norman Lamb.
As well as being fitted with new windows and signage, the exterior of the shop has been repointed and painted. Inside, it has been completely rewired and redecorated and has an improved, heated sorting area, as well as new shop fittings, carpets and furniture.
The coffee bar area has also had a revamp, now boasting new tables and chairs and a sea-themed mural created by local artist and signwriter Colin Seal.
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