Sales in the new shop at the weighbridge office have been steady and many members of the public have come into the shop to make enquiries about Birdswood and the FCC. It’s an excellent addition to the Wharf and the charity.
Some of the members of the FCC make handmade items that we now sell in the shop. One of the members, Trina, paints pots, bowls, cups, spoons, flower pots, key racks and mirrors. All of these are painted in the original canal art style. The products have become very popular, as they are beautiful and Trina is very talented, she can’t paint them quick enough! She will take on special orders; check out her website for more. Other items in the shop include handmade necklaces and ear rings, horseshoe hearts and a variety of pots and ornaments made by our very own Liz Tatum. There are also the wood turned items that are always in stock. There are souvenirs from FCC and Birdswood also. Knitted and quilted Christmas decorations are now in stock too!
The opening hours are 10-5pm, when the boat is running so we started off with Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. However now the boat has stopped running we are only opening 11-4pm Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday until Christmas. Through the summer we have had a young lady working in the shop. Charley Franklin, was extremely helpful and enthusiastic. Being a contact from the job centre work experience programme it was a pleasure to be able to offer someone employment, even for just a short while. She was a professional asset to the team and successfully completed all the tasks that were handed to her as well as using her own initiative. Charley was quiet in the beginning and this opportunity has given her the chance to grow and build her confidence. Her contract ended on the 1st of November but she has offered to continue to help as a volunteer.
As you can imagine this requires more volunteers to help promote the history of the canal and our charity, while selling the odd item too. If you have a passion for the area and are happy to talk to people about it please get in touch to discuss how you could help. Even a half days’ cover is invaluable, please get in touch with me via our Contact Us page.