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End Of An Era

2nd of November 2003

Last month saw the closure of another local shop – Notions in Bovingdon High Street. The owner, Lynda Foster – well-known to so many local people – has decided to retire after 24 years. Lynda has been thinking of closing for some time and the arrival of her first grandson prompted her decision.

There has been a draper/haberdasher/ wool shop on the site for over 75 years. Originally it was owned and run as a drapers by Winnie Waterhouse. It then became a wool shop, Audreys, until Lynda took over in 1979. She introduced fashion lines, a dry cleaning and shoe repair service, continued to stock wool and haberdashery and also offered a professional alteration service. Lynda set out to provide a shop full of ideas and a creative haven for local people interested in sewing, knitting and craft work.

Lynda says she has thoroughly enjoyed her time in Bovingdon and will miss the friendly conversations with her customers and the pleasure of watching local families growing-up.

The good news is that Lynda will continue to provide a quality alteration service from her new workshop at home. An experienced dressmaker, Lynda has professional equipment and is able to make design alterations to ladies, gents and childrens clothes as well as curtains, cushions and bedding. If you need anything repaired, shortened or lengthened, taken in or let out, zips or pockets replaced or something completely re-designed and updated, contact Lynda on 01442 380300 (mobile: 07986 367451). She may be leaving her shop but fortunately we still have access to her expertise.

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