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New Wortley: Nearly new community shop opens at busy centre

By John Baron

A community run nearly new shop has been opened today by the resident who came up with its new name.

Jay Duffin came up with the name “Nearly New Wortley’ to win a contest to name the shop, which sells a range of clothing, toys, games and household items at reasonable prices at New Wortley Community Centre.

“I just wanted to come up with something that was a play on words,” said Jay, who is a member of the New Wortley Wombles litter picking group and will be volunteering at the shop.

“I had a blinding flash of inspiration and people seemed to like it!”

New Wortley Community Centre CEO Andrea Edwards said at today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony:

“The community shop has been a focal point at New Wortley Community centre for many years until Covid hit and it ended up closing.

“The shop has always been in the back of my mind as people kept coming up to me to ask ‘when is it re-opening?’. It is very important to the community.”

Jay cut the ribbon on the entrance to the new shop, helped by his dog Harvey.

Nearly New Wortley will managed by community shop co-ordinator and local resident Susan Parr, whose mother was one of the leading lights at Lower Wortley Community Centre and helped fundraise for its opening many years ago.

Nearly new Wortley shop

The shop will be open 10.30am to 1.30pm Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at the centre, off Tong Road.

International Women’s Day

New Wortley Community Centre’s International Women’s Day Conference tomorrow (Tuesday, 8 March 2022) offers various forms of entertainment, speakers, workshops, stalls, and free food.

Book your free ticket here or e-mail georgia.stephenson@newwortleycc.org.


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