FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 17 July 2021
Due to a drop in active membership Chanctonbury Lions Club is to cease its book selling operation in the Storrington area.
The Club, which was formed in 1959, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes. For some years their main fundraising activity has been selling pre-owned books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records kindly donated by the general public.
Cessation would have deprived local people of a popular community activity. The good news is that the Rotary Club of Storrington and Pulborough District is to step into the breach taking over the bookselling operation from August 2021.
This means local book lovers will be able to continue to buy from a massive range of books from the bookstall in Storrington centre (Place Villerest) every Saturday morning. Additionally, there is a bookcase with a donation box in the waiting room at Pulborough Station for London bound commuters. The Rotary book van will also attend local village days and fetes.
Rotary will administer the book sales operation accepting donations of books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, jigsaw puzzles (complete) and board games and any of these items which cannot be sold will be sold on to wholesalers for resale or recycling.
The new Bookstore service is indebted to InstoneAir at Parham for providing a site to erect a storage area and to park the library van and also to Mid Sussex Timber Company Ltd for sponsoring the new storeroom.
Paul Weaver, President of Storrington & Pulborough District Rotary Club said: “Chanctonbury Lions Club has done an amazing job of extending book purchase and readership among folk across our region and their motto ‘WE SERVE’ has been so well demonstrated over the past 62 years. Rotary has worked closely with Lions Club for the community during this time and we are proud to continue their bookstall service ensuring that book buyers can satisfy their reading appetites while raising money for worthwhile causes”.
Phil Abbott, President of Chanctonbury Lions Club said: “We are delighted that our Rotary friends are taking over our book selling operation, it is in safe hands. We will still be active in the community”.