Fifty years of opportunity

HALF a century after her Mum helped start it, Dorothy Durrington will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the much-loved 'Coffs Op Shop' on Friday.

Mrs Smith and Mrs Nell Vickers, together with many Anglican Church parishioners, began the op shop after Reverend and Mrs Sanders arrived in Coffs Harbour on March 23, 1958.

Whatever clothing and goods the ladies of the op shop could get together, they put into suitcases in Mrs Vickers' garage.

They then set up the op shop, located where the fire station now stands, and opened one or two days per week, depending on stock availability. The first week, the 'girls' made 10 shillings and were all very pleased, as were Rev. and Mrs. Sanders.

As time went by, their stock increased and space was limited, so they moved to the CWA Rooms, near where the Ex-Services Club now stands, before moving into the premises in McLean Street.

In September 1979, the Parish Hall was extended to include a new op shop and parish office.

In the past few years, the parish office has moved to St John's House and the op shop was enlarged to include a sorting area, enhancing the services the op shop can provide.

Many hard working parishioners worked on this.

Mrs Durrington has been volunteering at the op shop for the past 20 years, although helped out when her mother was running it.

She is 'very happy' that the anniversary will be celebrated on Friday. “It's going to be lovely,” Mrs Durrington said.

The Anglican Op Shop will celebrate 50 years on Friday, May 22, at 10am at the St John's Anglican Church Parish Hall.

There will be a morning tea and entertainment, and all Op Shop volunteers over the years are invited to attend.

Phone 6651 4700 for more information or to RSVP.

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