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The Unity Bookshop, Petersfield

Sadly, the Unity Bookshop closed at the end of February 2014.

Rosemary Davies (Manager), the Rev'd Sylvia Roberts (Chair of the Trustees)
and Rev'd Anthony Smith (Volunteer) photographed outside the Unity Bookshop, Folloy Lane, Petersfield

Petersfield's Christian bookshop in Folly Lane is to close after 26 years. The Unity Bookshop has been struggling for the last couple of years, but managed to stay open after donations from supporters and churches, and the building's owner, William Groves, who died last year.

Chairman of the trustees, the Rev'd Sylvia Roberts, said the "heartbreaking decision" was taken after much soul searching. She said: "We hate to let it go but sales have been falling due to Internet shopping, it is a very sad situation, but unfortunately unavoidable.

"We would like to thank our volunteers and supporters for their dedication over the years, it has been very much appreciated."

The bookshop began selling religious books from the boot of a car, but became so popular that it moved into shop premises needing 16 volunteers and a full time manager.

Despite a thriving Christian community, with more than 4,000 people attending church services in the town and surrounding villages over Christmas, the shop can't compete with larger retailers.

A closing down sale in underway and the last trading day will be Friday 28 February. Customers with gift vouchers should use them by this date.

(Reproduced, with kind permission, from the Petersfield Post 8 January 2014)


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