The Charity SCRIPT will be begin trading in the Old Wisborough Kitchens shop opposite the Three Crowns.
SCRIPT, Securing Childhood Restoring Innocence Preventing Trafficking, looks after women and children in India who have been tricked or sold into prostitution.
We care for women and their children in the red light districts of Kidderpore, Kolkata. We engage the women in learning a skill which can restore their dignity and financial independence.
The entire project is managed in Kolkata by Ms Mahua who has twelve years’ experience working with women in prostitution and sexual health.
Part of the Shop will stock old, nice and useful things. From Georgian chests of drawers to retro Clothing, from Fine art to Frying pans, from Books to Banknotes, Tools to Tonka, Furniture to Fishing tackle, Washing machines to Walking sticks.
We would be happy to take donations of any items that can be sold. Clothes, books, bric-a-brac, furniture (fire labels permitting). Even old metal and electricals which can be sold for scrap.
Please call us first about large items of furniture as they can be very expensive to dispose of if they do not sell. We would be happy to come and look first.
Most of the stock will come from local house clearances and donations.
The other part will be a sales area for goods that are made by former sex workers in Kolkata (Calcutta in old money). This will include jewellery, cards and items made from recycled bicycle parts.
The charity is run by former Wisborough Green residents Sarah and Stephen Nunn. Sarah`s mum and dad, Hilary and Peter Edmonds, still live the village. She went to the convent school near Billingshurst and was a member of the local Guides, Handbell ringers and Church.
Stephens family used to live in Newpound Lane. His Father worked at Carter Brothers (now Bellmans etc) and his mother worked at Post Office stores. Stephen went to The Weald and then worked locally as a postman and tree surgeon. He was the first member of St Peters church in 800 years to be ordained (according to Francis Dare).
They were both married in the village church as was their youngest daughter last October.
SCRIPT can only operate with the help of volunteers. We will need people to help in the shop, collect donated goods and even to help with the house clearances. We will also need volunteers to restore old or damages tools, wooden furniture and a PAT tester for our electrical items.
We are planning to open early November with a grand official opening on December 1st.