Used book sale to be held in Droxford in aid of local groups

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A used book sale will take place in Droxford tomorrow to raise money for local community groups.

The sale will take place at Droxford Village Hall between 9.30am and 3pm and entry is free.

All proceeds will go to Droxford Village Hall, the Sustainable Droxford Re-Nature Project and Bishop’s Waltham Men’s Shed and refreshments will be available from Wilfrid’s Café.

Organiser Ailsa Duckworth said: “For the last few years we have run biannual book sales, held in the Village Hall, raising money for community projects. We have sold a staggering number of books and raised in the region of £2,500.

“This year we have spoken to our local infant, junior and primary schools in Newtown, Meonstoke, Droxford and Waltham Chase, who have provided us with wish lists of books they would like in their libraries.

“As so many books we are given are in fantastic condition, we love the idea that they are going directly into schools to be enjoyed by children, in turn saving money for the schools and promoting the love of reading and the reusing/recycling message.

“We have also recently run some Book exchanges focusing on different genres – with two children’s book swaps and a cookbook swap already held, and a planned plant and gardening book swap to be held at the Meon Valley Garden Club spring show on the 23rd March at Meon Hall in Meonstoke.

“Wilfrid’s kindly gave us some of the surplus funds they raised last year (all of which are ploughed back into local projects and groups) enabling the Bishops Waltham Men’s Shed to repaint the phone box book swap in Droxford, using the particular currant red paint previously used by BT.

“The phone box libraries in Droxford and Shedfield are also projects we support by replenishing them with good quality adult fiction books.

“The Men’s Shed are giving a talk at Droxford Village Hall on Saturday 23rd March at 10.00, which is open to anyone interested in hearing what they do and how they support each other and the community. We are hoping they will help us repair and repaint the phone box at Shedfield, so it looks as smart as Droxford’s.

“The final fundraising happening on Saturday is to replace the goals on Droxford Recreation Ground. Two young football mad boys who live in the village have successfully approached Droxford Country Fair Committee, our County Councillor Hugh Lumby and Droxford Parish Council.

“They’ve all have pledged to fund the replacement of the goals on the proviso that the boys raise some money themselves. To this end, the boys are selling sweet cones at the book sale and hope to make as much money as possible.”

If you have any unwanted books you would like to donate, please contact Ailsa Duckworth, 07769681555



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