The Bookshop is the latest initiative from the Fair Close Centre providing a place where anyone young and old can come together over a book. Located in the Kennet Centre, the project benefited from a stunning SOS-style facelift in just two days thanks to a fantastic community effort including paint donated by the local Brewers branch in Newbury and lots of support from local organisations. The bookshop is now a warm and welcoming place for everyone to pick up a book, meet people and have a chat.

Staffed by a rota of volunteers and open six days a week, the bookshop has seen a steady increase in visitors since the transformation and whilst there is no charge for any of the books, the majority of shoppers make a donation to either the Fair Close Centre or their partner, the Global Education Trust.
Volunteer Coordinator, Karen said, “It has been wonderful to see so many people coming into the Bookshop on a regular basis, whether it is to browse the shelves or to have a chat. People just love books and so as soon as they are through the doors, this creates a lovely atmosphere. We have quickly become a much-needed hub in the town providing real benefits to the local community. Our next aim is to extend the opening hours of the Bookshop and so if anyone is interested in helping out for a couple of hours every week or even every month, we would love to hear from you.”

The Bookshop is currently closed due to the coronavirus – we will post an update to say when it opens.