New shop makes its presence felt in town
Imagine a shop where nothing is sold and everything is free, with just a donation required.
That is the essence of Christmas Presence, a new scheme in Berwick’s town centre, based in a vacant shop unit.
This project is a gift to the community of Berwick from all the churches across the town.
Opening for three weeks in the run-up to Christmas, volunteers from the various churches have taken over 57 Marygate, formerly Clark’s shoe shop, as a drop-in space.
It includes a free gift wrap service, a tree of remembrance, a present exchange, the option to have a go at all sorts of Christmas crafts from decorations to cards, and even the opportunity to dress up as a nativity character and have your photo taken.
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Rev Gill Welsh, Methodist minister in Berwick, said: “Nothing is being sold, everything is free. Any donations will help with the running cost of the project and surplus donations will be given to local charities.
“There are lots of comfy sofas for people to pop in for a chat and enjoy some company at what can be a difficult and lonely time of the year for many. Even Santa is dropping in on Saturdays.”
All are welcome to call in between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Saturday, and see what it is all about.