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Budgens thank their amazing volunteers

  • Author: Anne Cleaver
  • Published: 25th August 2020
  • Categories: Blog, Business, Clanfield

Budgens thank their amazing volunteers

Up and down the country, local people stepped forward to help those who needed assistance at home, or help local shops, during the lockdown. As restrictions ease, so has the need for volunteers, but a small band has carried on helping out at Budgens in Clanfield.

We managed to snap a photograph of Phil Tennent (very smartly dressed), one of the volunteers stationed outside the store.

Budgens volunteer organiser, Judy Pickup, gave Clanfield Online an interview:

“I have really enjoyed volunteering outside the Budgens Store. None of us had any idea it would go on for so long, but five months later, in all weathers, we’re still here.

“Our role is to control numbers entering the store, reminding customers to hand sanitise, and, lately, wear a mask. This job has not changed, but it became apparent, quite early on, that a large number of people who live alone or care for a partner, don’t see or talk to anyone else on a daily basis. The visit to Budgens becomes more than just a shopping trip: we offer a friendly face, recognising regular customers, giving them someone to chat to, on their way in or out of the store. We have had many customers thank us for what we do, which is appreciated. 

“I’ve learnt a lot about running a shop and think we are lucky to have Andy, Jacqui and their lovely staff, who quite honestly, work their socks off seven days a week! The safety of their staff and customers is paramount, which is why Andy and Jacqui asked the volunteers to stay on when Clanfield Corona Voluntary Group folded.

“We now only volunteer at busy periods on two and a half days a week, so the group of volunteers is much smaller now, but we’ll carry on until Andy and Jacqui ask us to stop!”

Andy and Jacqui Shaw, owners of Budgens, commented: “We live and work in in a great village. The volunteers have been amazing in supporting our business and community - they will always have our gratitude.“

Clanfield Online represents over 50 business and 30 community organisations in this area. We would like to thank all volunteers, past and present, for your outstanding work.



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