MAYOR of Wallingford Ros Lester officially reopened the town's Style Acre charity shop this weekend following a major refurbishment.

The shop at 74 High Street was redecorated after a £545 grant from Waitrose in Wallingford earlier this year to support of its development.

The shop first opened its doors in 1998 and is now the longest-standing independent charity shop in Wallingford.

It is unique in the town in that it is provides work experience for people with learning disabilities.

Cutting the ribbon, Mrs Lester said: "Style Acre supports many of our community members – in their home or out and about – and it is always a pleasure to support the charity, which does amazing work.

"The shop also provides volunteering opportunities for local people – it is a an asset to the community in so many ways, supporting carers and clients."

Style Acre has supported people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire for more than 20 years.

The charity shop was its first social enterprise, aiming to provide a calm, safe environment where people could gain skills and independence.

The charity shop has been embraced by Wallingford shoppers who support the work of Style Acre by donating and buying goods, and volunteering at the shop.

The shop is open Monday to Saturday and sells clothes, shoes, accessories, bric-a-brac, books, games and DVDs.