Welwyn Garden City charity shop celebrates 40th anniversary
PUBLISHED: 15:09 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:09 08 September 2017
Staff from a Welwyn Garden City charity shop are celebrating 40 years of the store being open in the town tomorrow and are inviting everyone to come and celebrate with them.
Oxfam opened in Fretherne Road in September 1977 and is believed to be the only store in the town that has remained in the exact same location for four decades.
Six years ago the charity, which aims to end the injustice of poverty, opened a second shop in Howardsgate which sells books and music items.
The main shop opened with a volunteer team and two members of that original team, Ann Meers and Gill Pinfold, still give their time, energy and expertise to Oxfam’s cause.
The store now has eight more volunteers who have given their time for over 15 years and many more who have donated their time when they could.
The current manager, Philippa Sivam, and the deputy manager, Jan Richmond, started off by volunteering in Oxfam shops.
The staff are celebrating the anniversary tomorrow (Saturday, September 9) in the shop and are encouraging current and previous volunteers, past managers and all supporters of the charity to join them at 10.30am.
Welwyn Hatfield mayor, councillor Lynne Sparks, is also joining the celebrations at 11am and the charity is waiting to confirm a celebrity appearance.
On the fifteenth anniversary of the store Datchworth resident and British film critic, journalist and television presenter Barry Norman, who sadly died in June, celebrated the milestone with staff.
Manager of the Welwyn Garden City store Philippa Sivan said: “We will have a display of photographs of staff and friends over the years who have all helped this little shop raise approximately £2,000,000 to fund our amazing life changing work around the world.”
There will also be a display outside the shop of Oxfam’s emergency response work, detailing where, how and why they respond to emergencies like famine, war and earthquakes.