Charities shop now open longer on Friday and Saturday

The St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop

has been open

Monday to Saturday,

10am -1pm

But from the Start of March it will be

Open Extra Hours

on Friday & Saturday

10am – 4pm

We look forward to welcoming both regular and new customers
to our extended opening hours and hope that the afternoon opening will give you all added flexibility.

Charities Shop January Re-opening


The St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop in Dornoch is scheduled to re-open for business after the Christmas break on Thursday 6th January.

The shop will be open on Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.

The Shop

Great efforts have been made to make the shop safe for customers and staff so we would ask that everybody follows the ‘rules’ carefully. As you will be aware, the shop is small and the number of customers who can be in the shop at any one time is limited. We have a wireless bell for customers to press to let us know they are waiting and staff will be on hand to guide you and answer any questions that you may have.

Donations of Items

It would be appreciated that if you have been saving donations of items for the shop that you drop them off during opening times only and in fairly small quantities as we don’t want to be swamped and have limited storage space.


We look forward to welcoming everybody in the coming weeks, meanwhile keep safe.

Charities Shop – Distribution of Funds 2021

St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop

St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop has recently distributed £12,500 in donations to various groups and charities. As usual these are mostly local groups based in East Sutherland but this year two, Maggies and Mikeysline, which have centres in Inverness have been included. They both work with vulnerable groups throughout our area, one in cancer care and the other in mental health support.

The complete list of charities and groups supported is listed below:

  • Alzheimer Scotland (for local use),
  • Caithness and Sutherland Women’s Aid,
  • Dornoch Beach Wheelchairs,
  • Sutherland Care Forum,
  • Support in Mind Scotland (Golspie Gatehouse),
  • Mikeysline (Mental Health especially Suicide – has drop in and appointments in Inverness including evenings, also text-based support. all ages),
  • Dornoch Academy School Library,
  • Friends of Oversteps,
  • Historylinks,
  • Maggies Highlands,
  • Meadows Patient’s Comfort Fund,
  • Bradbury Centre,
  • CALA (Care and Learning Alliance – Stepping Stones, Brora),
  • Connecting Communities (Helmsdale based but serves all E. Sutherland, older people at home, community support, meal delivery),
  • CAB,
  • Lawson/Cambusavie Memorial Hospital Fund,
  • Migdale Hospital Comfort Fund.

The hard work and dedication of the volunteers means that the Charities Shop is now open Monday to Saturday 10am-1pm. The continuing Covid restrictions mean that we are only able to have a very small number of customers in the shop at one time and we would like to say thank you to our customers who wait so patiently in a queue to come in. The Charities Shop would not be so successful without the many donations of goods to sell and the support of our customers both returning and new – thank you. We look forward to seeing you in the shop.

Charities Shop – Distribution of Funds 2020

St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop

The first part of the distribution of funds from St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop for this year is now complete. £12,450 will be distributed this year to various groups and charities

So far £10,150 has been disbursed between the following local groups.:

  • Caithness and Sutherland Womens’ Aid
  • CALA
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Dornoch and District Community Association
  • Dornoch BRIG (Dornoch Beach Regeneration Improvement Group)
  • Dornoch Firth Group
  • East Sutherland Rescue Association
  • Friends of Oversteps
  • History Links
  • Lawson Cambusavie Memorial Hospital Friends
  • Maggies Highland
  • Meadows Patient’s Comfort Fund
  • Migdale Hospital Comfort Fund
  • Sutherland Care Forum
  • Support in Mind Scotland (Golspie Gatehouse)

£2,300 will be disbursed between the following groups when they are back in operation.

  • Alzheimer Scotland (Dornoch Dementia Cafe
  • Dornoch Academy Additional Support Team
  • Dornoch Academy School Library
  • Dornoch Brownies
  • Dornoch Cathedral Boy’s Brigade/Shipmates
  • Dornoch Flowers and Fairs
  • Dornoch Primary School Additional Support Team
  • Little Lambs (Free Church Playgroup)

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to raise the money by working in the shop or donating goods for sale – the above groups really appreciate your efforts, as do we in St Finnbarr’s.

Little Red Riding Hood Piped in to Tea

This afternoon was the annual tea for the volunteers and supporters of the St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop.  40 people gathered in the Dornoch Social Club and were treated to a splendid afternoon tea prepared by a local Patisserie and Cafe.

The gathering was entertained by not one but two “well kent faces”, one who talked about the Northumbrian Small Pipes and played us a few lovely tunes:

The other demonstrated to us how familiar children’s stories have changed since we were all at school:

Needless to say a good time was had by all.  Thanks to everyone who made it such a lovely afternoon.

During proceedings, a presentation was made to Tom and Monica who have clocked up a large number of years between them ob St Finnbarr’s Vestry and who now will perhaps have more time for other activities:-)  We are all very grateful for what you have done over the years.

Charities Shop Distribution of Monies

The distribution of funds from St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop for this year is now complete.
£16,200 has been distributed among the following to 26 local groups:

  • Alzheimer Scotland (Dornoch Dementia Cafe),
  • Caithness and Sutherland Womens’ Aid,
  • CALA,
  • Citizens Advice Bureau,
  • Dornoch Academy Additional Support Team,
  • Dornoch Academy School Library,
  • Dornoch and District Community Association,
  • Dornoch BRIG (Dornoch Beach Regeneration Improvement Group),
  • Dornoch Brownies,
  • Dornoch Cathedral Boy’s Brigade/Shipmates,
  • Dornoch Firth Group,
  • Dornoch Flowers and Fairs,
  • Dornoch Primary School Additional Support Team,
  • Dornoch Youth Cafe,
  • East Sutherland Rescue Association,
  • Enlightening Youth Group (run by Free Church and Christian Fellowship),
  • Friends of Oversteps,
  • History Links,
  • Lawson Cambusavie Memorial Hospital Friends,
  • Little Lambs (Free Church Playgroup),
  • Maggies Highland,
  • Meadows Patient’s Comfort Fund,
  • Migdale Hospital Comfort Fund,
  • SSAFA, Sutherland Care Forum,
  • Support in Mind Scotland (Golspie Gatehouse),
  • Sutherland Schools Pipe Band.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to raise the money by working in the shop or donating goods for sale – the above groups really appreciate your efforts, as do we in St Finnbarr’s.

Charities Shop Summer Opening

During June, July and August

St Finnbarr’s Charities Shop

will be open even longer

From 10:00am until 4:00pm

There will also be a themed stall at the

Dornoch Community Markets

on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays

from 9:30am until 1:00pm

Sing to the Lord a New Song

Each year at the end of the summer season, St Finnbarr’s congregation invites all the wonderful helpers who work so hard in the Charities Shop throughout the year to a sumptuous afternoon tea in order to say Thank You for a job well done (and over £34,000 raised this year so far).

After the tea, there is always an ‘entertainment’.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the entertainment this year had to be changed at short notice and a dozen members of the Golspie Choral Society (above) gave of their time to provide a delightful rendition of a number of the pieces that they have worked on in the recent past.  As you can see, the guests really enjoyed their afternoon.

A huge Thank You to all those who work so hard in the Charities Shop the work that you do is much appreciated throughout the community.  And a huge Thank You to the choir who gave up their Saturday afternoon at short notice to help out and Fr Simon for getting them together.