Torphins is top of the shops

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With the increasing closure of small shops and businesses in local communities, Torphins is going against the grain with it’s new Bread of Life shop.

Since opening on June 14, the charity shop in the old bakery premises has gone from strength to strength, bringing the village a big batch of shopping success.

Donations of all sorts of goods, from new clothes to antiques, have poured in and many barely make it onto the shop floor before they are snapped up. The success is thanks to the support, enthusiasm and commitment of the volunteer workforce and, of course, local people.

Residents of Torphins and the surrounding villages have expressed their delight at the opening of the shop which has added a new dimension to local shopping and given an opportunity to “pick up a bargain” across a wide range of goods.

Shop volunteers described their work in Torphins as both “enjoyable” and “rewarding.”

Manager, Jayne Clarke, said: “It is very rewarding to be involved in this new venture and it is great to see people shopping in Torphins again.”

The purpose of the charity shop is to promote the charitable, community, outreach andmission work of the church in Mid Deeside Parish including funding of up to £10,000 towards the church extension project.

Aside from The Bread of Life, a new shop is set to open in the old hairdressers unit in the village this Friday, November 7.

Platform 22’s Wednesday market is also a continuing success. To top it all off in Torphins, there will be a Christmas Shopping Evening in the Learney Hall this evening (Thursday), from 7-9pm.

On sale will be a wide range of Traidcraft Christmas Foods, gifts and cards, new and nearly new ladies evening wear.

Entry is free and light refreshments will be provided.

The event is being jointly hosted by Mid Deeside Church’s Traidcraft Team and Charity Shop initiatives.

The Bread of Life charity shop is open from 10am to 3pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.