Woodcraft shop is lasting legacy of inspiring man

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A SHOP bequeathed by a member of a learning disabilities group has opened its doors for the first time in Graves Park animal farm.

The shop will sell wood products including wooden benches, bird boxes and planters and pocket money priced toys, made by the Woodcraft Project, which is run Sheffield Council’s Learning Disabilities Service in partnership with Parks and Countryside.

Former member Philip Goldsborough left money in his will to set up the social enterprise after he died. His friends from the group will run the shop in his memory.

Coun Isobel Bowler, for Culture, Sport and Leisure, opened the shop with worker William Calvert.

She said: “This is a very exciting project and I am delighted to have been invited to open this shop. What a truly inspirational man Mr Goldsborough was leaving money in his will to enable this social enterprise to not only make their goods, but also to be able to sell them as well.

“I wish them every success with this project. It was a privilege to open the shop and to meet the group who will be running it.”

The group, which meets in Graves Park Pavilion, is a social enterprise.