From Cllr Gary Swinford:
Many will have seen that the opening hours of the St Michael's Hospice Shop in Bromyard have recently been reduced from 6 hours per day to 4 hours per day. I know that this reduction in hours was imposed on the volunteers in the shop, without any consultation. The excuse that the Hospice has come up with is "lack of volunteers"; this is simply not true - there is no overall lack of volunteers. Clearly this reduction in hours by a third is going to lead to a drastic reduction in sales at the shop, leading to closure?
The extremely loyal volunteers who keep the Hospice Shop going are thoroughly demoralised, particularly by the high-handed attitude of the so-called Hospice "retail team", who claim to have a "strategy" for the shop! I shall be raising this important issue at the next Bromyard & Winslow Town Council meeting. Gary Swinfo