Duchess vows Scrapstore return with grandchildren

This Is Wiltshire: The Duchess has fun with some of the stock The Duchess has fun with some of the stock

The Duchess of Cornwall has pledged to return to a Wiltshire charity with her grandchildren, after declaring the recycling and crafts centre a “wonderful place”.

The Duchess visited Lacock – close to one of her homes, in Reybridge – on Tuesday, to open a community room at Wiltshire Scrapstore on the Griffin Farm Industrial Estate, Bowden Hill.

She toured the facilities, including the new room funded by Hills Waste, before joining youngsters to hear a story by children’s author and patron Neil Griffiths.

Unveiling a plaque, the Duchess said: “It’s just wonderful to find a great place right on my doorstep and I am very ashamed I haven’t been here before.

“I will definitely be bringing my grandchildren here.”

Scrapstore director Jane Wheeler said: “It’s just so fantastic to have her up here. We’ve wanted to get her here for a long time.”

The Duchess was shown around the shop, which sells items made from donated materials, before selecting a bag of scrap to take home for her two grandchildren.

She also met volunteers who create things for the shop from leftover fabrics and craft items.

Jacqueline Singleton-Phillips, of Bromham, presented her with personalised doorstops in the shape of chickens, for herself and Prince Charles.

She was also given books by the children for her grandchildren, as well as a copy of The Best Present Ever, Mr Griffiths’s book about a royal birth, for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

He said: “The Wiltshire Scrap-store is the most inspiring place.”

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