SOUTH Shropshire’s successful Furniture Scheme has relocated its furniture finishing workshop from the Mascall Centre to a building adjacent to its shop in Tower Street where it sells renovated furniture to the public.

Philip Dunne MP for Ludlow was on hand to officiate at the formal opening of the Furniture Scheme’s latest furniture workshop at the Renaissance Centre in Tower Street in the town centre.

The workshop offers a furniture repair service for local people seeking general repairs and where it makes up oak house signs with craftsmanship from the team of professional staff and volunteers to help raise vital funds to support work with those at risk of financial and social exclusion in south Shropshire.

“I have long supported South Shropshire’s Furniture Scheme based in Ludlow and now part of Wrekin Housing Group,” said Mr Dunne.

“It provides an incredibly useful service for vulnerable people looking to get back on their feet in the area and this is a great way of showing to many more people in the centre of Ludlow the kind of work they can do.

“It was good to see some of the great supporters of the Furniture Scheme and the opening as well as former Chief Executive Jean Jarvis and The Wrekin Housing Group’s Finance Director Francis Best with James Cooper, who now runs the scheme, members of staff and volunteers.”

James Cooper said he was delighted that the new facility has opened.

“This new bespoke service is very much part of our re-use ethos,” Mr Cooper said.

Customers can have their purchases from Renaissance altered to their own requirements or members of the public can bring in.”

Caption: Philip Dunne MP with Nicky Kershaw DL, James Cooper and Stefan Laird