Community members were invited down for coffee and cake at a charity shop just days before it closed for good.

Peace Hospice Care held an event at its store in South Oxhey last Wednesday to mark the end of an era.

The public were invited down for a browse of the shop and some food, which included a cake that said 'a big thank you to all'.

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On Saturday, the charity shop closed as part of the next phase of the South Oxhey regeneration.

Anita Curran, senior retail manager at Peace Hospice Care, said: "It’s been sad and emotional, but I’m glad we could share Wednesday morning with everyone.

"There’s been a lot of feedback from the public and people are sad that we’re shutting, this shop is really a hub of South Oxhey.

"It’s been a privilege to work here, and I couldn’t have done any of it without the help of the volunteers and Ellie, the temporary manager of this store.

"It’s the end of an era, now this store is shutting and I’m going to miss it very much."

The closure means Peace Hospice Care leave South Oxhey with the remainder of the items in the shop moving to other stores in and around Watford.

Volunteers will also relocate to other stores.

If you’re interested in volunteering for Peace Hospice Care, please contact 01923 330 330 or email

The South Oxhey Initiative is a £150 million mixed-use regeneration project by Three Rivers District Council in partnership with developers Countryside Properties Ltd and Home Group.

It has seen some buildings knocked down.

The scheme will deliver more than 500 new homes and shops with one phase near Carpenders Park station completed.

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The new Station Approach shops in South Oxhey