Oxfam shop in Oxhey celebrate 40th anniversary
By Beverley Small
The Oxfam Shop, 3 Bridlington Road, South Oxhey, celebrated it’s 40th anniversary on Friday 27th March 2015. They celebrated with volunteers past and present, customers, Jenny their lovely manager, Richard Harrington and tea and cake.
Some facts you may not know about the shop:
- The Oxfam shop was possibly the first charity shop in Oxhey
- They have around 25 volunteers working in the shop
- One of their volunteers has been with them for nearly 40 years
- They usually have 4 volunteers working at any one time
- The shop has suffered from both a fire and a flood
One of their volunteers remembers how she started in the shop
“I went into Oxfam one Thursday to be greeted by Bobby…we got talking and she tried to persuade me to volunteer for Oxfam. I was very reluctant and said I had had enough of training courses, workshops adn meetings to which she replied we don’t do anything like that here…I started on a Thursday afternoon sorting the clothes out in the back room and did this for 18 months…but when a vacancy came up for a volunteer to work on the till on a Wednesday I decided to apply. I was successful with the application and am still working on the till.
I thoroughly enjoy this, I meet a lot of people coming into the shop, we have a chat and I find a lot of the same people come in every week.
I can recommend volunteering as very good for us healthwise and socially and also helps the Oxfam charity.”