We are an eclectic second-hand book and bric-a-brac shop in the centre of historic Cape Town, part of St George’s Cathedral and flanked by the National Library and Company Gardens.
We support the Cathedral music fund, Cathedral outreach programmes and a wide variety of Cape Town charities. Our stock is donated and the shop is staffed entirely by volunteers. As a result we have minimal overheads, enabling us to donate more than R200000 a year to those we support. We welcome donations of books, kitchenware, ornaments art work etc as well as those who can offer their time.
A Successful and Fun Day Outside our Book Store this Friday
A Beautiful Service by The Arch Biishop Desmond Tutu with visitors and students from all over the world
Our many customers & friends will be sad to hear of fflorens’ death. She was one of our last surviving founding members of the shop which opened on the 1st August 2001. We had been doing a once a month sale of books & bric-a brac outside the Cathedral for 17 years prior to this and it was a big jump to having our own permanent space. It was these very committed volunteers who made it possible- and like ‘Topsy’ we just grew.
We have always been a touch eccentric and quirky, & fflorens as well as the many who have died or moved on – June Hattersley, Gisela Becker, Dorothy Brock & others have left their own unique stamp. I am so grateful to them as well as our current volunteers. We try to make this a safe & welcoming space for our team, as well as the many customers and visitors who gather here- sometimes to buy books & other goodies and often just to chat.
Thank you fflorens – and thank you all. Pat
Every Parishioner is precious to you in ministry but some leaves a mark that transforms you.
R.I.P fflorens McFarlane from St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town. She was almost 95yrs young. The last time I saw her in December she was diminished in mind though she though she did say “If you’ve come to see me I must be dying!” – so not diminished in humor.
She often said she wanted me to take her funeral and I fear that won’t be easily possible.
But since I heard the news this morning, I’ve been giving thanks for a most remarkable, outspoken, principled and good person.
She helped me to understand what faithfulness is all about and her yearly Cape Town calendar was a sign that she understood how much the community there had formed me and the bond that exists between us.
Now she will be troubling the Angels with hers opinions…which I find quite a consoling thought.
Thank you fflorens , for all your kindness and fun. Discipleship needs to be filled with laughter and you showed us that with your wicked stare!
You will be missed.
Acknowlegement go to Chris Chivers former Precentor of St George’s Cathedral who wrote the article
Thanks to Patricia Ellis for this lovely photo that’s been added
The photo was taken by Frans Engels, one of our customers from Holland .
We are taking part in the Charity Book Fair at
St Paul’s Church Hall Main Rd/Church St Rondebosch.
Clem Sunter will be our guest speaker at 17:00 on Friday 27
Book Fair runs Fri 27 13:00-20:00 Sat 08:00-16:00
School Holiday Special 30% off most items both books and Bric a Brac starting July 1