Friday, 19 August 2022

Couple retire after 18 years at Oxfam shop

A COUPLE who helped to raise more than £1million for Oxfam have retired from the charity’s shop where

A COUPLE who helped to raise more than £1million for Oxfam have retired from the charity’s shop where they first volunteered.

David and Jill Partrick, from Woodcote, have worked at the bookshop in Duke Street, Henley, for 18 years since they retired.

The couple were involved in setting up the shop when it started and have led the music team that values donated stock from vinyl records to musical instruments.

The couple were presented with a rose bush to thank them for their service at a dinner with about 40 of their fellow volunteers last week.

They are to continue to volunteer at two other Oxfam shops in Oxford.

Mr Partrick, who was a chartered maine engineer, said: “We have been at the shop since it opened in September 1998. Seventeen of those years have been processing music, in particular vinyl records.

“We were trained by Oxfam and we have done a lot of training ourselves across the country, from Cumberland to Kent.

“We mostly like opera and orchestral music but with Oxfam we deal with every type of music from pop to jazz to musical instruments. My knowledge has increased from doing the job.’

He said the most he seen a 12in LP sell for was £2,150.

Mrs Partrick, who used to sell greetings cards, said: “It was a lovely environment to work in. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will miss all our colleagues in the shop.

“We will keep in touch with them and we wish the shop well.’

Heidi Rose, operations manager for trading at Oxfam, and shop manager Sabine Adams both paid tribute to the couple at the dinner.

Mrs Rose said: “I’m really sorry you’re leaving. You were instrumental in opening the shop and getting it started.

“You have done a terrific job over the years and helped make £1.2million across the three shops you volunteer in.

“I realise you’re not leaving but it feels like you are because Henley is where it started, where you made your mark. It’s like the end of an era.’

Ms Rose then recited a poem about working in an Oxfam shop that she was once given by Mrs Partrick. Mrs Adams, who has run the shop part-time for six years, said: “They have helped raised a lot of money for us and have trained numerous people with their knowledge of music.’

Other members of staff at the shop were also recognised for their service as follows: Gold badges (15 years of volunteering) for Keith and Maureen Noble, Sue Hall and Michael Harper.

Silver (10 years) for Ian Black, Jan French, Pat Planner, Robin Batchelor-Smith, Veronica Treacher, Mike Trendall, Sue Walker, Richard Wright and Carolyn Maunder.

Bronze (five years) for Alison Bridge, David Clenshaw, Deborah Pesci, Ann Shankland and Jill Richardson.

The awards corresponds to the colour of badge they are given to wear when working in the shop.

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