THE Cotswold Canals Trust charity book and music shop celebrated its first year of trading in Stonehouse on August 5.
Located in Queens Road, the shop spreads over three units and is laid out perfectly for shoppers to find their perfect book. There’s a children’s section and a sofa to sit and relax or snuggle up with your little one to read them a story.
The shop offers a wide range thanks to the many generous donations received. Books range from a novel for your holiday or an autobiography on your favourite cricketer to a reference book on how to grow vegetables. If there is a subject a reader is looking for, the shop is likely to have it.
It’s not all books; the shop also sells CDs and LPs from all genres, meaning you might find that rare LP you once loved on sale at a bargain price. Prices range from 50p upwards.
Since opening, the bookshop has raised more than £10,000, all of which goes towards restoring the Cotswold Canals.
Bookshop manager Mike Richter said: “The first year of trading has been a great success, and we are proud to be able to raise so much money towards the canal restoration. We are grateful for the generosity of our donors, customers and volunteers who make it all possible.”
The shop is volunteer-led, with more than 25 volunteers helping out weekly. More are needed, and everyone is welcome to visit and have a chat with the volunteers to find out how they could get involved.
It is still surprising how many people in the Five Valleys don’t know about this hidden gem and it really is worth a visit.
The shop is open every Saturday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 4pm and many customers enjoy coming in every week to see the friendly volunteers and peruse the latest books on sale.
Donations cannot be accepted at the Stonehouse shop as there isn’t enough room to store and keep the shop topped up with books; however, donations are always gratefully received at the trust’s shop in Brimscombe.
4-6 Queens Road, Stonehouse GL10 2QA
Phone: 01453 791889
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