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Charity shop brings people together

"I like to keep busy and be active - and lifting bags of donations around and sorting them out is good exercise!

"Business has slowed for the whole high street since the bypass road was built as not so many people drive past now but we still have a steady stream of customers."

– Joyce Hughes, volunteer

"I've lived in the area all my life and the community has changed - there isn't the sense of togetherness there used to be. That's why initiatives like this shop and other things the church runs, such as coffee mornings and our new knitting group, are more important than ever as they bring people together.

"People on their own can pop in for a chat and have somewhere to go. I am very glad I am still able to help out."

– Margaret Wiltshire, volunteer

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Volunteering duo's decade in business

Father Paul Bigmore with Margaret Wiltshire (left) and Joyce Hughes (right) at the shop Credit: Church in Wales

Volunteering duo, Joyce Hughes and Margaret Wiltshire are celebrating a decade in business. The 88-year-olds have been running the St Anne's Church shop in Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley since it was set up ten years ago.

The charity shop is the only store in the village and this week, celebrations will be held to mark its success with a service of rededication led by the vicar of Ynyshir, Father Paul Bigmore.

Father Paul Bigmore with all the volunteers Credit: Church in Wales