Rotarian Brian Harrison and his wife Bryn ran a second-hand book stall for Rotary charities between 1993 and 2016 when Brian sadly passed away. Over the years it raised in the region of £25,000 for charities by selling books for 6 or so Sundays each summer.
The stall commenced in a very small way and at a number of locations around Mablethorpe, including outside “Shampers” Wine Bar, then owned by our much missed member, the late Kevin Fawcett. The stall eventually settled outside the Meridale Centre at Sutton on Sea (to which considerable thanks are due for the facilities provided). While Brian and Bryn continued to oversee the pricing, sorting and selling of all the donated books, they were also helped by other club members in setting up and manning the stalls.
One of the many International projects the book stall supported was the charity, Lincs With India, which Brian, together with a couple of other Rotarians, started to support severely disadvantaged boys and girls in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This has been a very successful project and now houses 100 children in order that they can go to school.
With Brian’s sad passing it seemed that we should have a re-think, especially as e-books have taken over the world and second hand book stalls have appeared everywhere, including supermarkets. We could never replace the input which Brian had – he was irreplaceable! So we reluctantly decided that 2016 would be the last year for this project.
We shall miss all the fun of running the book stall and would like to say a huge thank you to all the folks who have supported us throughout the years. You have helped the Rotary Club of Alford and Mablethorpe make a difference to many children who, without it, may not have had the opportunity to go to school and learn to read.
If you’d like to get involved in the community and raise money for good causes with us why not consider joining The Rotary Club of Alford and Mablethorpe?