Glasswells Great Tea & Sugar Giveaway

“We are celebrating our 75th anniversary this year, and one of the significant events in our history was beginning the tea and sugar annual giveaway, which lasted for 30 years. It was started by my grandfather in 1954, who wanted to give something back to not only our customers, but everyone in the local community.

Back in the early days we recorded queues of over 6,000 people at our St Andrew’s Street shop. It was a time when people got a weekly pension and were quite prepared to queue up the snow and bitter weather. Over 30 years, the value of the gift we were making was not quite as significant as when we started, and came to a natural end when my grandfather died in 1984. However, this was the start of the company’s charitable efforts, and we have continued to support the local community ever since.

So, as we celebrate our 75th anniversary, it seemed an appropriate opportunity to offer this out once again to those that were born in 1946 and share the Glasswells birthday.”

Paul Glasswell

Managing Director

How it All Began

Glasswells founder Jerry Glasswell never forgot the community that had supported him. In 1954 he started a Christmas distribution of tea and sugar to pensioners in the area. In a newspaper interview in 1971 he explained his reasons: “Some years ago I felt that the people who had helped me to get on in life were those of my own age so I decided that at Christmas I would give every pensioner two pounds of sugar and a quarter of tea.”

The first distribution was made in Bury St Edmunds but was later extended to Haverhill, Saffron Walden and Stowmarket. To receive the gifts, senior citizens were asked to call in at the shop and show their pension books. They came in their thousands, and Jerry was often there having a chat with customers, many of whom he regarded as friends.

It was not an act of charity, but a token of appreciation and thanks to all the people of the district who had supported the firm over the years. Jerry said in 1975: “I look forward to this as a family occasion. I meet old customers, old friends and people I served with in the First World War.”

Earlier, in 1955, in an advertisement announcing the second distribution, Glasswells said: “We have been fortunate in the past year due to the support of our many customers and we would like to pass on a little of this success to those less fortunate.”

The same year, the Bury Free Press reported that Jerry, Leslie and other members of staff distributed two pounds of sugar and a quarter pound of tea to 750 pensioners in the first hour. In fact, so many people arrived for the distribution that supplies ran out, but more were quickly brought in so that no one went away disappointed.

At the time of Jerry’s death on 3 May 1984, the firm had given away more than £100,000 worth of tea and sugar over 30 years.

How to Get Yours

So if you share Glasswells birthday and were born in 1946, pop along to Glasswells in Bury St Edmunds or Ipswich to claim your free bag of sugar and box of tea. But hurry, the giveaway is limited to the first 200 eligible customers at each store. Plus, be in with a chance of winning one of five £75 Glasswells gift cards – good luck!

Terms & Conditions

The offer is limited to one entry per person. Photo ID will need to be shown to prove date of birth. There will be no cash equivalent. Offer valid while stocks last, to first 200 eligible customers at each store, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. The competition to win one of five £75 Glasswells gift cards is optional and will involve answering a multiple choice question in store. Closing date for competition is 31/10/21.

Glasswells Stores

Visit Glasswells stores in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich today, the largest home department stores in East Anglia, and discover the biggest selection of furniture, beds and home furnishings all under one roof. There is free on-site parking at both locations and our delicious in-store Place to Eat restaurant, meaning you can make a real day of it!

Haverhill and Saffron Walden have smaller Glasswells stores, showcasing our favourite pieces of furniture and both stores have a large carpet and flooring department; Haverhill also has a lovely curtain and bed linen department and a Furniture Clearance Centre. There is also a Discount Furniture Outlet in Sudbury.

Bury St Edmunds Store

Newmarket Road, Bury St Edmunds,
Suffolk, IP33 3TU

General Enquiries01284 752804
Design Centre01284 770943
Meeting Rooms01284 770941
The Place to Eat01284 770941

Monday to Saturday
10:00 – 18:00
Sunday
10:30 – 16:30
Bank Holidays
10:00 – 17:00

  • Free Parking

Ipswich Store

Glasswells Retail Park, Ranelagh Road,
Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 0AQ

General Enquiries01473 253164
Meeting Rooms01473 253164
The Place to Eat01473 253164

Monday to Saturday
10:00 – 18:00
Sunday
10:30 – 16:30
Bank Holidays
10:00 – 17:00

  • Free Parking

Haverhill Store

55 High Street, Haverhill,
Suffolk, CB9 8AH

Telephone01440 702679

Monday to Saturday
09:00 – 17:30
Sunday
CLOSED
Bank Holidays
CLOSED

Saffron Walden Store

31-33 King Street, Saffron Walden,
Essex, CB10 1EU

Telephone01799 523076

Monday to Saturday
09:00 – 17:30
Sunday
CLOSED
Bank Holidays
CLOSED

THE PLACE TO EAT RESTAURANT

The Place to Eat restaurant is located in the Bury and Ipswich Glasswells stores.

For our takeaway service and meeting room bookings, please contact us on:

Bury St Edmunds

The Place To Eat, Glasswells Ltd., Newmarket Road, Bury St Edmunds,
Suffolk, IP33 3TU 

Telephone01284 770941
Email[email protected]

 

Ipswich

The Place to Eat, Glasswells Ltd., Ranelagh Road, Ipswich,
Suffolk, IP2 0AQ

Telephone01473 253164
Email[email protected]

Monday to Saturday
10:00 – 17:00 (Last orders 16:30)
Sunday
10:30 – 16:00 (Last orders 15:30)
Bank Holidays
10:00 – 17:00 (Last orders 4:30pm)

  • Free Parking

SUDBURY DISCOUNT FURNITURE OUTLET

12-13 North Street, Sudbury,
Suffolk, CO10 1RB

Telephone01787 375072
  • Clearance Sofas & Chairs
  • Clearance Bedroom & Beds
  • Clearance Living Room
  • Clearance Dining

Thursday to Saturday
9:30 – 17:00
Sunday to Wednesday
CLOSED
Bank Holidays
CLOSED

Warehouse & Distribution Centre

Glasswells Commercial Storage Solutions
Kempson Way, Suffolk Park, Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk, IP32 7GL

Telephone01284 748762
Email[email protected]
Websitewww.glasswellsstorage.co.uk

Monday to Friday
08:00 – 17:30
Saturday & Sunday
CLOSED
Bank Holidays
CLOSED

GET A FREE QUOTE