Back to business for charity supporters

Kenilworth, Abbey End.'MHLC-31-01-15 General shots NNL-150202-115349009
Kenilworth, Abbey End.'MHLC-31-01-15 General shots NNL-150202-115349009

Charities and good causes across the town will see a boost from business as two former neighbours prepare to set up shop once again.

Town and Country Furniture will return to a town location when it returns to set up business in the Oaks Precinct later this month.

And The Tree House bookshop is almost set to bring its community venture back with new premises in Warwick Road thanks to over £3,000 in public donations.

The furniture business was forced to leave its former Abbey End premises at Christmas to make way for a Shakespeare Hospice furniture shop.

As owner, Andy Jones used the shop to support charities, display memorial day wreaths and host the annual charity Christmas Card sale, many expressed sadness at the loss, for Kenilworth causes.

Carpenter Andy, who has been running the business from his workshop for the past three months, said it was great news that they would now be able to open at the former Post Office for several days each week.

It is not in the town centre, but rates and rent there are simply unsustainable.

Andy Jones

He said: “It is not in the town centre, but rates and rent there are simply unsustainable. The site will not be staffed all the time, but it will be a town site, and I will continue to be supporting all the charities and causes as I did before. It’s an attitude and it’s hard to take that out of people.”

His former neighbour, Victoria Mier, is also celebrating the return of business as she gets ready to sign the lease on new premises for her non-profit community book space.

The second hand business has so far raised £3,340 from a public call for help to secure a lease and rent on an empty shop in Warwick Road.

Victoria opened the shop to offer a space for reading, music and arts events and fundraising evenings.

The idea was that any profit made from the sale of second-hand and donated books would be given to good causes and charities around the town. Visit treehousebookshop.co.uk for more details.