28 Jun 2017
October 11, 2014 - Filed under: Antiques Advice — Harriet

John Bly, an antiques expert, will be hosting an appraisal evening in aid of The Hospice of St Francis; a charity based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.

In return for a small donation, people can take along their treasures to Returned to Glory for a valuation.

The expert, who is from nearby Tring, will cast his eye over a selection of antiques and collectibles to give his expert opinion and a valuation. Most items will be accepted, including small pieces of antique furniture, toys, enamels, glassware, metal and silver. Francesca Alden, the manager of the shop, has advised locals to dig out their treasure, or any items they may consider to be valuable.

Returned to Glory opened in 2012 in Berkhamsted and quickly becoming a popular place in the community. Owned by The Hospice of St Francis, it promotes the upcycling and recycling of furniture, along with holding workshops and building the profile of the charity.

The very first shop was opened by The Hospice of St Francis in 1979, with the organisation now having nine stores. The hospice supports those who have an illness likely to shorten their life, while also providing help for their family. No charge is made for its services and only 20% of its funds come from the NHS, with the remainder from the generosity of the community.

Buying antique furniture is just one way of recycling, with the bonus of owning good quality furniture like antique settees being another draw.

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