Bookshop share success

CLEVEDON’S community bookshop has seen its membership jump to 600 following the launch of its second share offer.

The shop in Copse Road was opened in December and is ran by a community cooperative which sees any profit put back into operating the shop and organising special events.

It was opened by a group of volunteer residents who pulled together to create the facility following the closure of the road’s original bookshop.

The first sale of shares, which allowed people to become members, funded the renovation of two shop fronts and allowed 10,000 books to be put on its shelves in time for the opening.

Since then the shop has proved hugely popular, with more �7,000 in book sales being made in the first three months of trading.

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The second round of share sales was launched at the shop’s AGM in June and has continued to be successful since.

Bookshop cooperative chairman Tony Billinghurst said: “Our second share offer is going really well.

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“It has, as anticipated, proven particularly popular for those who missed out when the bookshop opened with such a flurry of activity at the end of the year.”

Anyone interested in buying shares, which cost �1 and can be bought in minimum blocks of 10, can call into the shop, ring 01275 218318 or email

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