Staff and volunteers from a village charity shop are stepping back in time for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. The team from Cherry Hinton’s East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) store will be running a vintage stall when the community comes together in early June. There will be a nostalgic theme and the EACH stall will be in the village leisure centre on Saturday, 4th June.
Other highlights on the day will be a children’s entertainer, a storytelling tent with a free children’s book giveaway, an arts and crafts area, crown-making workshops, a board game area, a community café, a treasure trail and a history display. Other details are still being finalised.
Cherry Hinton shop manager Jenny Kearney said: “We’re pleased to have been invited to run a stall. It’s something we’ve become known for in the village, having previously had a very well-received vintage corner within our shop. It took a while to plan and even longer to gather the right stock, but we were very happy with the way it turned out.
“We still have some beautiful vintage stock to show and sell and it’s exciting to be part of what’s sure to be a very special weekend. It’ll be great to join the rest of our community and celebrate the Jubilee together.”
Cherry Hinton’s Jubilee celebrations will get underway with a themed afternoon of music, decorations, entertainment and homemade cake on Friday, 3rd June. The vintage tearoom will be open in the leisure centre from 2pm until 5pm and there will be a ‘Cake Fit for a Queen’ competition. Meanwhile, EACH’s Cherry Hinton shop recently celebrated its fifth birthday, having opened over Easter 2017.
“We had a sale and a little party,” added Jenny. “We dressed our window to tell everyone we were celebrating and it was lovely to hand out five-year service awards to two of our fantastic volunteers, Shirley Scott and Christine Woodhouse.”
EACH, which supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions, has a hospice in Milton. It relies heavily on profits generated from its 44 shops and this year alone, in terms of retail income, needs to raise £6.5 million.
In addition to Cherry Hinton, there are six more EACH shops in Cambridgeshire – Histon Road and Cherry Hinton Road, both in Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, Soham and Whittlesey.