Uckfield Lions bookshop volunteers, from the left, are: Astra Russell, Graham Russell, Keith Mates, Bob Eaves, Sue Mates and Margaret Wood.

Uckfield Lions open new bookshop

Uckfield Lions opened their new bookshop in Olives Yard, Uckfield, yesterday.

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The new Lions bookshop in Olives Yard before the books were moved in.

Plenty of volunteers were ready to greet new customers and accept donations of books, jig-saw puzzles and DVDs.

The building has been transformed into a smart shop, from a derelict workshop, previously four garages, that was empty for three-and-a-half years.

Ceiling collapse

The ceiling had collapsed and the building flooded while empty so everything was destroyed at floor level.

“Basically we had to pull everything out and refurbish it,” said Graham Russell, a surveyor, who volunteered as project manager. So many people offered to help that a job expected to take six to eight weeks took four-and-a-half.

The building in Olives Yard, Uckfield, that is to be the new home of the Lions' bookshop.

This is the Lions bookshop building before renovation.

Chris Macve sourced the building materials, a carpenter built new doors and an electrician re-wired the building.

Mr Russell said: “We were lucky to be able to buy shelving from Blockbusters when it closed down and that is ideal for paper backs. The only shelves we have had to build are for larger books.”

Barley Mews

The Lions have moved their bookshop to Barley Mews in Olives Meadow, just off Uckfield High Street, from Bridge Cottage which is to be refurbished as a Heritage Centre thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Last year £9,000 was raised through the Lions bookshop for good causes so it is an important fund-raiser for the club.

The shop will be open initially from 10am-4pm, Wednesday to Saturday, but the Lions are hoping to open in Tuesdays too from September.

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