All change

The name Rawlins has been familiar among shops in our area for many years; sadly no longer.
The Rawlins business began in 1911 as a bike shop and car repair centre. Its first premises were opposite the village green in Milton, across the passage from the old Methodist Chapel.
Before long it turned instead to specialise in radio and television sales and repairs, with additional shops opening in Witney and Chipping Norton.

That was then and this is now. The shops have all closed, most recently the Witney outlet,
but not entirely due to the decline of retailing on the high street that so many other shops have suffered. Certainly, competition has played a part; there were once eight electrical shops in Witney; Rawlins proved to be the last of a dying breed. The major retail chains have certainly hit the local shops to a substantial extent, but there is more to it than that…

With one eye on retirement in the years ahead, Peter and David have decided to scale down
and focus on their well-established reputation for service, repairs, and sales, still supplying their loyal customers with televisions. Behind their former shop in Witney, the workshop still remains a base for them to carry out repairs, the ‘phone keeps ringing and their diary is full.

A typical morning’s work will include booking in repairs which are done in the workshop and
calling out to homes around the region to service and install new TVs- from Witney to the Wychwoods, Chipping Norton, Stow-on-the-Wold and beyond.

This change has made a huge difference to the lifestyle of the brothers. For the first time in their working lives they no longer have to work six days a week including all day Saturday with only a single rest day. The schedule of manning a shop to all comers had become exhausting.

Although the word ‘retirement’ is not in their vocabulary, Peter and David have embraced the chance to enjoy a slightly more relaxed lifestyle. ‘A change is as good as a rest’ as the saying goes.

April – May 2019