A Christ­mas wish to the com­mu­nity

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Friendly Feilding In Business - JOAN FORD

Manch­ester House So­cial Ser­vices (MHSS) chief ex­ec­u­tive Mar­i­lyn Craig and her team are well and truly into the spirit of Christ­mas and wish ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity a safe and happy Christ­mas.

‘‘Value all your fam­ily mem­bers more than you value their gifts,’’ says Mar­i­lyn.

‘‘The Christ­mas sea­son is a trea­sured time to spend to­gether. Do sim­ple things to­gether, such as get­ting out­side, play­ing to­gether and more im­por­tantly just hav­ing a break away from ev­ery­thing that may have hap­pened over the year.’’

Manch­ester House will close at 12 noon on Fri­day.

Staff will be on call should any­one in the com­mu­nity need as­sis­tance, just phone 323 7191 and some­one through­out the hol­i­day sea­son is avail­able for ur­gent is­sues.

Manch­ester House will re-open Mon­day, Jan­uary 9.

Manch­ester House staff and vol­un­teers were de­lighted with the suc­cess of a re­cent pop-up shop in Bulls.

The pop-up shop was run by the Manch­ester House op­por­tu­nity shop vol­un­teers who help to raise funds for MHSS and the var­i­ous pro­grammes it of­fers.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of this ven­ture a de­ci­sion was made to open a per­ma­nent re­tail out­let in Bulls, but it will be a char­ity shop with a dif­fer­ence.

The re­tail shop will stock only new house­hold goods and cloth­ing for sale.

‘‘We wanted to be able to of­fer a store out­side of Feild­ing and we are de­lighted to have named it Any­thingz Pos­si­bull. The range of goods of­fered for sale are all new, qual­ity goods and will be of­fered at ex­cel­lent prices,’’ says Mar­i­lyn.

The new shop is op­po­site the Bulls in­ter­city bus de­pot and will be open through­out the sum­mer months, ex­cept for statu­tory hol­i­days.

‘‘We wanted to be able to of­fer a unique shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence for tourists and res­i­dents. We sur­veyed the lo­cal com­mu­nity and they have made favourable com­ments about what we are try­ing to do with the open­ing of the re­tail store,’’ says Mar­i­lyn.

‘‘We wanted to cre­ate a place that en­cour­ages vis­i­tors to take the time and stop to check out what we have to of­fer.’’

The town­ship of Bulls is an ideal lo­ca­tion as it is the cross­roads for State High­ways 1 and 2 and nat­u­rally has a high traf­fic flow.

Bulls is of­ten cho­sen by trav­ellers as a good place to stop for cof­fee, sight­see­ing and a chance to re­fresh and walk around whilst on a long car jour­ney.

‘‘The pro­ceeds from the shop will be re­turned to achieve so­cial ser­vice out­comes for the peo­ple of Feild­ing and the wider dis­trict,’’ says Mar­i­lyn.

At Christ­mas time, value your fam­ily mem­bers more than you value their gifts.

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