Calls for help getting books back to Kenilworth

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  • The Tree House Bookshop was set up as a not-for-profit community hub in Abbey End
  • After having her lease terminated, owner Victoria Mier has to close the venture at Christmas
  • She now hopes to get the charitable venture back up and running in new premises in Warwick Road
  • Over £1,700 has already been raised to fund the move, new furniture and cover the lease

Book-lovers are being called up to help bring back a beloved community venture back to Kenilworth for the summer.

The Tree House bookshop had to leave its premises in Abbey End at Christmas with promises that it would return as soon a new site was found.

And just three months later, a new spot for the non-profit venture and music venue may have been found - with calls for help kiting the space out with old bookcases, chairs and signs.

Victoria Mier who runs the second hand bookshop, said although the lease has not yet been finalised, they hope to set up in Warwick Road - just metres from their former home.

But with no capital funds or profits to draw on, is making a plea for help from customers to help get the venture off the ground for a second time - and has already raised £1,760 to help get them going.

“We have found wonderful new premises in Kenilworth, but need to raise funds to help us back to business,” she said.

We have found wonderful new premises in Kenilworth, but need to raise funds to help us back to business

Victoria Mier

“We need bookcases, chairs, a fascia sign for the shop and help with the startup funds. We wish we didn’t need money, but we do.

“You will be contributing to a venture that has already created a wonderful sense of community and will, I know, continue to build on that.”

The shop trades in second-hand books and donates all profits to good causes and charities in Kenilworth.

It was set up as the life-long dream of Ms Mier - a former art history lecturer - to provide a space for people to sit and read, donate and buy unwanted books.

It also offers a space for charitable poetry and music evenings and film screenings.

A crowd funding campaign has been launched in hope of getting shelves filled and bringing in donations of cash, books or furniture to help give things a boost.

The shop was set up in the former Job Centre in Abbey End, but on a short term lease which was terminated at the end of last year.

To help, visit the website for details of how to donate.