An historic church in Lancaster which was badly affected by the recent flooding now has a temporary base to sell Fairtrade goods in the run-up to Christmas.
The Fig Tree Visitor Centre and cafe had only opened up in St John’s Church in Lancaster city centre last year. But during the weekend Storm Desmond hit, and thousands of pounds worth of stock and furniture, fixtures and fittings were damaged or spoilt beyond recognition. Director Bruce Crowther said: “ People have been fantastic and thanks to the Cornerstone cafe in Lancaster we have been able to continue trading from there over the last week and will be trading from St. Nics Arcade outside Next from Monday December 21 until 1pm on Christmas Eve. St. Nicolas Arcade have offered us free space which may prove to be a lifeline for us. In the New Year we will take stock and see what the future holds but for now let’s take each day as it comes and enjoy the peace of Christmas.”
Bruce was sleeping in the church on one of the pews ready to prepare a children’s workshop the next day when the flood waters poured into the city centre two weekends ago. He awoke to water inches from his nose. He managed to be transported via dinghy to safety and a bus home but the boiler room at the church was completely flooded. Flood waters spoiled museum artefacts and stock.