Popular shop set to close in Bognor high street

Craft & Hobbies owner Sarah McLauchlan (back, middle) with some of the ladies from the cross stitch and natter group

Craft & Hobbies owner Sarah McLauchlan (back, middle) with some of the ladies from the cross stitch and natter group

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The owner of a much-loved craft shop in Bognor Regis says she’s closing so she can ‘get her life back’.

Craft & Hobbies in the high street will shut at the end of the month and owner Sarah McLauchlan says she will miss all of her customers.

Other ladies from the cross stitch and natter group

Other ladies from the cross stitch and natter group

She said: “Yes we are closing the shop at the end of the month.

“I will really miss everybody who comes in and all the ladies in the group, but for me personally I am getting my life back.

“I’ll be able to work normal hours again which I’m really looking forward to.”

Sarah said she often had to work seven days a week, getting in before 9am to set up and then working beyond 5.30pm, and at weekends.

There is now up to 50 per cent off most lines in an ‘everything must go’ sale before the shop closes on October 31.

Craft & Hobbies has been open for just under five years, and been located in the high street for the last two-and-a-half-years, running popular craft classes.

“I have lovely memories and have made some lovely friends and met some lovely people who I will really miss but I will keep in contact,” Sarah said.

“I will miss all the groups that have been held here, especially the knitting for charity group, who were one of the very first groups to meet and they have raised money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice over the years and the card-making ladies, all the laughter, funny stories and tears that have been shared.

“Vicky Misselbrook has been a fantastic help on Saturdays and covering emergencies that have popped up over the years.”

She added that she was looking forward to becoming an art and craft coordinator for somebody else which will give her the chance to help people.

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