A church has opened a new shop to sell affordable furniture and help raise much-needed funds for its community work.
Bourne Salvation Army has turned the former library building in South Street into a furniture shop.
The church already runs a successful charity shop in West Street and has been supporting people in need by supplying second-hand furniture to their homes. But it is now opening this service up to the community by selling affordable furniture in its new location.
To help set up the new shop, the church received a £500 donation from The Lodge of Aveland Freemasons in Bourne.
Salvation Army church leader Captain Kevin Brown said: “As a church, The Salvation Army is committed to caring for people who are in need in the community, offering practical help and compassionate support.
‘We recognised a need for affordable items of furniture – from beds to sofas to small electrical goods. While The Salvation Army had already been responding in specific situations to people in need, we wanted to ensure our whole community is able to obtain basic furniture items at a reasonable price. Any funds we raise from sales will then go back into supporting our community work.”
The furniture shop will stock everything from beds and sofas to wardrobes and keep-fit equipment, while the West Street charity shop will continue to sell other items of furniture and clothing. Two of the shop’s volunteers are PAT qualified and can test any small electrical items donated. The shop does not accept white goods.
In Bourne the church offers a variety of community services, including a parent-and-toddler group, work with older people at Meadow Close community centre, affordable meals through its lunch club and homelessness work.
Capt Brown added: “At all of our centres and shops, The Salvation Army provides a warm, friendly welcome and we encourage the community to pop in for a chat or a listening ear, as well as to see our latest bargains.”
The shop is open midday to 4pm on Thursdays and 9am to midday on Saturdays. To volunteer call 01778 394708.