In a project championed by volunteers, The National Trust has opened a new second-hand bookshop on the High Street in Avebury.

Cobblestones second-hand books, named for the beautifully cobbled floor of the old stables in which it is housed, opens its door to the public on Saturday 10 February.

Second-hand books have been sold, in a limited way, at the National Trust site at Avebury for a number of years.  The volunteers who ran this operation encouraged the team to find a permanent location for this venture.  The old stables building seemed ideal for this purpose and a project team made up of volunteers and staff has been working tirelessly to transform the building into a working shop.

Jan Tomlin, General Manager, National Trust Wiltshire Landscape said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted with Cobblestones second-hand books, and hope people will enjoy browsing through the wide selection of books on sale.  The dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm of our wonderful volunteers has driven this project forward and it’s resulted not only in the partial refurbishment of this lovely building, but the money raised will also help the National Trust to look after Avebury and our other Wiltshire sites as well.’

The doors to the public will open on Saturday 10 February and throughout half-term there will be daily children’s story-telling, with book readings by local authors taking place on Saturday 17 February.

The book shop will be run by volunteers and it will be open 11.00am – 4.00pm.

Much of the money raised from this new venture will be put back into the building to restore if further in the future.

For more information on visiting Avebury, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury

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