Second charity shop for Emmaus Norwich
Emmaus Norwich in Ditchingham have opened their second charity shop next to the historic Butter Cross in Bungay. The shop stocks a full range of household items, including furniture and electrical appliances.
John Gall, Project Development Coordinator has been leading on refurbishing the former green grocers and getting to know the local area. John transferred to Emmaus Norwich at Ditchingham following 15 very successful years as community manager at Emmaus Cambridge. John says “I’ve been overwhelmed by the welcome I’ve received from the community, shoppers in the retail outlet at Ditchingham and from interested passerbys in Bungay. I can’t believe how friendly, supportive and interested everyone is. My black labrador Sammy is loving the orchard and grounds at Emmaus Norwich in Ditchingham and I can’t wait to make the Waveney Valley my new home”.
The shop will be staffed by companions from the Ditchingham community. Cathy Hembry, General Manager says “companions sit at the heart of everything with do, we are still looking though for volunteers to help us sort, process, clean price and display the donations we receive on a daily basis in both Bungay and Ditchingham. Anyone with a few hours to spare on a regular basis can find more details on our website www.emmaus.org.uk/norwich or give us a call 01986 895444”.
Sister Pamela who has been involved with the charity as a Trustee from the beginning came down to the shop to cut a ribbon and meet new customers. Sister Pamela said “it’s just so exciting to see all the hard work over the last 4 years coming through in new initiatives like this. The community is growing and able to offer a home to more people than ever and to make that successful we are always looking at new ways of increasing our trading. I wish everyone involved great success and happy shopping to the people of Bungay! There are treasures and trinkets as well as the everyday objects we all need to be found in both our shops”.
The shop in Bungay offers a great taster of the goods available from the huge range of furniture, collectables and curios which can be viewed and purchased in the splendour of the former convent buildings of All Hallows on Belsey Bridge Road. Emmaus Norwich at Ditchingham also offers a small micro café where customers can take tea and cake in a pretty courtyard garden or in the grounds of the orchard.
For additional information on the charity, telephone: 01986 895444 or visit www.emmaus.org.uk/norwich.
Pictured: Sister Pam, cutting the ribbon on Emmaus Norwich at Bungay first day of trading!