A SECOND hand bookshop opened by Uckfield and District Lions Club at Bridge Cottage in May this year as a joint venture with the Uckfield and District Preservation Society has proved an enormous success.
In October the Lions expanded from the small north lean-to shop to include the south room of the cottage which enables them to hold more stock and trade during winter weather. They have garnered a strong following of regular customers, many of whom treat the shop as a library, buying books to read and then returning them for resale a few weeks later.
Since the initial donation of books by colleagues in Billingshurst Lions Club, Uckfield Lions are now receiving donations of books, DVD’s, CD’s and jigsaws daily. Most are priced from 50-80p and jigsaws at £1.20.
Since opening, and excluding Christmas trading, money taken was was £4,000 plus. Uckfield Lions thank supporters and appeal for continued donations to ensure that the shop is a success. They can collect books within the Uckfield area.
Money raised through is divided between the Preservation Society (towards Bridge Cottage restoration) and Lions (towards local good causes including hospices, Scout and Guide groups, disabled charities, sports clubs, Uckfield Hospital, the elderly, deserving young and people and Lions’ international and medical projects.)