The ‘Swindon Children’s Scrapstore’ is relocating to new premises at Unit 7, Bramble Close, Elgin Industrial Estate, Swindon, SN2 8DW from its present base to Unit 2 which is just around the corner.
Scrapstore will close at 2pm on Saturday 13 February and re-open the following Tuesday, 16 February, at 10am in their new premises. There is onsite parking and ground floor access and everyone is welcome.
Swindon Children’s Scrapstore is a registered environmental charity, community resource centre and social enterprise set up in 1985 to support the local community by providing a wide variety of clean, re-usable materials for use in educational and recreational play.
Project manager Olivia McCann said: “The Scrapstore has been in operation for the past 30 years and benefits over 40,000 people in Swindon through the services and resources we offer.”
This will be the fourth time the Scrapstore has had to move premises in the past 14 years. In 2007 the charity had to relocate from the Pinehurst People’s Centre to Darby Close, Cheney Manor Industrial Estate because the Pinehurst People’s Centre was being demolished to make way for the new Swindon Academy.
In January 2011 Scrapstore was forced to relocate to the old Farepak Hampers building in West Swindon after a fire which destroyed an adjacent unit at Darby Close.
In February 2013 Scrapstore were given notice that the West Swindon building was being demolished.
Olivia said: “Thankfully we have received the generous support of the ‘DHL Logistic Team’ to move the Scrapstore during the last two relocations and also with our up-coming relocation which will enable us to to reopen at Unit 7 with minimum disruption.
“Our lease on this building is for three years and we are currently fundraising to try and raise money to buy a building in the future so the Scrapstore can find a permanent home and not have to keep moving around the town.
“Unit 7, Bramble Close is in need of refurbishment and we would like to say a very big thank you to:
* Howdens branch manager Robert Morgan for the complete kitchen that they have kindly donated to us.
* Andy McCann and Ben Robinson of R&K Design & Build, Swindon for designing the layout of the new building and the fabrication and installation of the timber frame internal units.
* Aaron Debank of Adgas & Sons Ltd, Swindon for supplying and installing the toilet, sink, water heater and plumbing we needed to make the unit fit for use.
* Buildbase branch manager Mike Augar and Travis Perkins manager Andy Badcock for giving us discount on materials we need to build offices and project space.”
The Scrapstore opening hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am – 4pm and every Saturday 10am – 2pm.
If you would like more information about the Scrapstore, or to help with the refurbishment and relocation, please contact Olivia McCann on 0773 023290 or email: