The ‘New to You’ Thrift Shop is located beside the RAF Coningsby main gate on Old Boston Road.  It is run and managed by volunteers from both RAF and the local civilian community. It is a high quality second hand shop that sells unwanted items and raises money primarily for local charities and causes.

Everyone is welcome to browse for a bargain or bring along their unwanted goods such as: clean and fashionable adult, children and baby clothes, prams, books, DVDs, toys and household items to be sold on your behalf.  Twenty percent of money generated by sales is retained and donated to charities; eighty percent is paid back to the customer who provided the goods for sale.

Annually, the ‘New to You’ Committee hold a meeting to discuss which charities and causes have requested help in the form of a cash donation.  Organisations that aid or benefit the local community are invited to apply.

This year the Committee decided that proceeds from the sale of goods would be donated to one international and several local charities.  Each selected organisation received a sum of £300 on behalf of the committee which was presented by Group Captain Sampson in the Clinton Park Community Centre on Wednesday 9 November 2011.

The following organisations have received funds this year:

Coningsby Football Club – has been established for over 60 years and field three men’s teams in the Boston and District Saturday League and the Lincoln Sunday League. They achieved Football Associated Chartered Standard Status back in 2010 and this donation will afford the club to send two new team managers to attend a coaching course and first aid course.

Coningsby All Sports – is a newly formed club for young people aged between 5 and 19 from Coningsby and the surrounding area.  They meet every Friday at the Allan Barker recreational ground to take part in various sporting activities with an aim of encouraging fair play and good communication between youngsters.

This donation will enable the group to buy equipment like footballs and team bibs, basketballs and nets.

Northcotes Heavy Horse Centre – is located near Spilsby.  Run by volunteers, it relies entirely on donations to exist. They provide a home for unwanted horses and ponies and care for them in their old age.

Boston Girl Guides – have been supporting a charity called Watering Roots. The group have raised enough money to send a guide leader and five girl guides out to Busembatia, a rural town in Uganda with a population of around 10,000. The Watering Roots mission statement is: “to encourage leadership through love, for learning.”  The girl guides have been asked to collect items to take with them to help support the work of the charity, including: colouring pens and pencils; sport equipment; board games; craft equipment and baby toys as not all of them are available in Uganda.

Terry Allan’s Boxing Club – is a local boxing club which is run by 78 year old ex boxer Terry Allan who has numerous years of boxing experience under his belt. He coaches children of all ages from 7 years old through to senior level. This year they have three boxers who are representing the club in amateur competitions; this donation will enable the club to buy new equipment to help develop their members’ skills, as well as personal protection equipment.

Doris Banham Dog Sanctuary – situated at Coningsby kennels, is where an essential life saving rescue service is provided for unclaimed dogs in dog pounds.

St Barnabas Hospice – is Lincolnshire’s leading independent hospice committed to providing the highest standard of medical and nursing care for patients living with a life threatening illness.  Last year they supported and cared for 2,000 patients and their families across the county.  Their care is free to all and relies on voluntary donations to ensure they can continue to provide all their services.

How can you make a difference? You can help by donating things such as clothing, toys and household items to be sold at the Thrift Shop, purchasing items at the Thrift Shop or becoming a Committee Member / Volunteer.

Points of contact are the Officer In Charge: Flying Officer Cassy Gray, the Chairman: Chief Technician Paul Pattinson or the Manageress: Miss Lesley Steele.


Opening times:

Tuesday & Thursday

10:00 – 12:00

Tuesday 18.30 – 20.00

School Holidays Tuesday

18.30 – 20.00