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Making the News

THANK YOU to Laura Hutchinson for her write-up on Biggleswade Books in this week’s Biggleswade Chronicle — p.31, “Phil’s plan is not an ‘open book’ just yet” — and a very warm welcome to anyone who has arrived here after reading that article.

As I said in the article:

There are two possibilities that I have in mind: the sensible dream, to reopen the former Bookworms premises as Biggleswade Books; and the wild dream, to take over the former Woolworths premises.

Either plan would be subject, of course, to negotiations with the landlords and to town council approval, whom I have yet to approach: first I need to gauge the level of interest; then, if there is sufficient interest, to raise the capital such an enterprise would require.

If you, gentle reader, would like to see a new bookshop open in Biggleswade — whether big or small — please do let me know, either by leaving a comment, sending me a message or voting in the poll on the previous page.

Biggleswade Chronicle, Friday October 30, 2009, p.31

Phil's plan is not an 'open book' just yet

Welcome to Biggleswade Books!

WELCOME to Biggleswade Books! Biggleswade Books is a dream: a dream for a new, independent bookshop for Biggleswade and the surrounding area.

Biggleswade Books - Books for EveryoneSince Bookworms closed earlier this year, Biggleswade has been without a bookshop. As a newcomer to the area, having just moved to Langford, this saddens me; but as a booklover by nature and a bookseller by trade, I’d love to be able to provide the Biggleswade area with a bookshop — a community and family focused shop, with dedicated sections providing resources for local churches and other organisations.

At present this is only a dream: to make that dream a reality, I need the support of the local community: do the people of Biggleswade want a bookshop?

I am particularly keen to hear from prospective customers who would prefer to buy their books locally, so that I can gauge the level of interest; but I’d also love to hear from other local business people or community leaders who would be willing to comment on the viability of such an enterprise, offer advice or perhaps even consider making a financial investment to help launch the business.

Whether you’d like to help or simply want to say that you like the idea, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me, Phil Groom, privately with your ideas and suggestions for how — together — we can make it happen. Finally for now: if you’re wondering who I am, please see the About page.

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