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