Charity to set up shop in former Shaftesbury pub
A CHARITY is setting up shop in a former pub in Shaftesbury thanks to Hall and Woodhouse Brewery.
The Crown in the High Street has undergone a transformation ready to open next week as a temporary shop for Naomi's House children's hospice.
Martin Efford, the Dorset charity's retail manager, said: "Last year the local fundraising committee used the Crown for a temporary Christmas shop and were very successful."
He said Hall and Woodhouse then offered the charity a longer temporary lease while they finalised plans for the property.
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He added: "We had already been looking for a suitable property for a new shop in Shaftesbury and so were delighted to accept.
"We have the pub for an initial six month period but this could be extended and in the meantime we will continue our search for a more permanent home in the town.
"Hall and Woodhouse have been great supporters of Naomi House for over a year. We have been re-selected as their charity of the year."
Hall and Woodhouse won Naomi House's award in June for Outstanding Corporate Supporter of the Year for its championing of Naomi House and its Jacksplace project.
The shop's manager Hermione Laake and assistant manager Julie A'Beckett are appealing for volunteers to pop in the shop and introduce themselves. Hermione said several former Crown customers had looked in to reminisce about happy times spent with a drink in in the pub. She said: "There will be tea and coffee for volunteers - but no tipples."