their part in our lives
The Arboretum in Worcester has existed since around 1800 – that’s 220 years – so it’s hard to get your head around the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Virk have lived and worked here for 39 years – nealy a fifth of that time.
Whether you needed bread, milk, cheese, a newspaper or magazine or fresh veg and a roll of sticky tape with some deoderant, a beer and some bread – they were there.
If there was anything going on in the Arbo, they would know (and care) about it and could have a smiley conversation with customers about anything.
If one of us goes to Virks for something, we report back to the other like a game of Cluedo … “Mr. Virk, the weather and the cricket results“.
So many folks have come and gone over the years (please leave your anecdotes and tributes, memories in the comments, below) and have so many nice things to say about these wonderful people that have literally been at the heart of the Arboretum all this time. Seeing other shops (and pubs) around gradually fold or move out, they have stuck to it. Owning a few shops on the Arbo, they had a vested interest in the goings on – out of caring not being nosey.
They have not been strangers to the news media as you can see from the wonderful Worcester MELA initiative interviewed them (around 6:20 into it).
The Worcester News too – Mr. and Mrs. Virk get everywhere.
- This is a local news item from 27th November 2019 when minister Kwasi-Kwarteng unveils the new post office – at Virks.
- Mrs. Virk talks about bringing back the lotto here from 14th February 2004
- Memories of Perdiswell Young People’s Leisure Club floats on carnival day here from 22nd September 2015
- (even some negative news where the Virks won out)
Camelot admit they made a mistake here from 30th March 2004
- “Down your way” about the Arboretum here from 18th February 2020
Their welcoming smiles and friendly voices only rarely broken by the scarey side of Mrs. V chastising someone for trying to ‘help reduce their stock-take’. Or Mr. V when you got onto cricket or politics. Dedicated to the community and the people in the Arboretum, they will still be around, only not as much but will certainly be sorely missed.
See the leaving card presented on Tuesday 6th September 2022, only weeks after recognising their 39 years serving the community that they were so much a part of.
Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Virk
and the wonderful family you raised.
Please add a comment, anecdote, testimonial …Arboretum residents – old and new