Former Bar Rock in Basingstoke reopens as a YMCA charity store

(From left) District retail manager Judy Cannon, Deputy Mayor Cllr Roger Gardiner, shop manager Karen Mariner, volunteer Valerie Cannon, district support manager Sandra Greene, with Peppa Pig and Deputy Mayoress Tricia Gardiner

(From left) District retail manager Judy Cannon, Deputy Mayor Cllr Roger Gardiner, shop manager Karen Mariner, volunteer Valerie Cannon, district support manager Sandra Greene, with Peppa Pig and Deputy Mayoress Tricia Gardiner Buy this photo

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

RETRO furniture, accessories and clothes are for sale at a new charity shop in the building of a former Basingstoke bar.

Councillor Roger Gardiner, Deputy Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, cut the ribbon to declare the YMCA shop officially open.

He then browsed the store, which is based in the former Bar Rock, at Top of The Town, before purchasing a retro chair.

Peppa Pig and a Dalek were also at the opening event, welcoming visitors into the new shop.

Sandra Greene, district support manager for YMCA Hampshire, said: “It was a fun day.”

She added: “Donations have been coming in but we are desperate for volunteers.”

Mrs Greene said the most popular part of the shop is the retro section, adding: “It’s one of those curiosity shops. You go in and get side tracked looking at all the different things. We have had lots of positive comments.”

The shop offers a free collection service for furniture on Wednesdays and will also be introducing gift aid in the near future.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the YMCA shop should visit during the opening hours of 9am until 5pm Monday to Saturday.

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8:29pm Fri 13 Sep 13

martin65 says...

The increase in charity shops,pawnbrokers, money lending shops,cheap supermarkets and pound stores in basingstoke and the rest of the country shows just what a chronic and parlous state the economy really is in as opposed the constant bs and spin the government keep parroting.
Basingstoke is supposed to be a well off town so god only knows how bad the poorer towns are.
The increase in charity shops,pawnbrokers, money lending shops,cheap supermarkets and pound stores in basingstoke and the rest of the country shows just what a chronic and parlous state the economy really is in as opposed the constant bs and spin the government keep parroting. Basingstoke is supposed to be a well off town so god only knows how bad the poorer towns are. martin65
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