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New charity shop to bring some TLC to Turriff


By Kirsty Brown

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Local volunteers are excited to open the door of a new venture aiming to benefit groups in Turriff.

Turriff Local Charities (TLC) will open the former Royal Bank Of Scotland building on the town's High Street next Monday, April 26, as a charity shop.

The shop is already well stocked with a variety of good quality items including clothing, shoes, toys, crockery, books and DVDs.

Getting ready to open the doors are TLC secretary/treasurer Rose Logan, vice-chairperson Kathleen Duncan, chairperson Marie Watson and shop manageress Frances Sharp. Picture: Kirsty Brown
Getting ready to open the doors are TLC secretary/treasurer Rose Logan, vice-chairperson Kathleen Duncan, chairperson Marie Watson and shop manageress Frances Sharp. Picture: Kirsty Brown

The idea for the charity shop was first mentioned around two years ago, and around 18 months ago a small group began looking at the feasibility of making it a reality.

After considering a number of different premises they were able to secure the former bank building and TLC was born.

Originally planning to open this January, the pandemic put the brakes on the group's initial plans but they are delighted to be able to open alongside other 'non-essential' shops in the town.

The shop will be open from 10am-4pm, Monday to Saturday.

Manageress Frances Sharp said: "Now we just need people to come in and see us.

"It will be a few months before we can really get a feel for how things are going, what people want and when we'll be busiest but we've already received an incredible amount of support from the community."

TLC chairperson Marie Watson said: "We've received a lot of donations which we are really grateful for.

"Not only donations of things to sell, but we've been very lucky with the support we have received from local businesses too - it's made a real difference in us being able to set up the shop.

"We just felt that there was a real need for something that focussed on the groups that we have right here in Turriff, we started chatting about it one day and now here we are."

In around a year's time local groups will be invited to apply for a share of the funds raised by TLC, with more information on how to do so to be released nearer the time.

The hard work of volunteers and local tradespeople means that the interior is barely recognisable as its former self, and boasts a fresh lease of life for the building which has sat empty since the RBS closure in 2018 despite numerous planning applications for its use being submitted.

To kick start their fundraising for the completion of the work, the TLC committee briefly opened their doors in November to sell Christmas wreaths and handmade cards.

Anybody wishing to donate items is invited to bring them in during the shops opening hours, and anybody interested in volunteering is also encouraged to pop in for a chat.


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