Is this the end of the story?

We have to report that it now looks as if our plan to create “Northcote Book Place”, bringing library, bookshop and a café together to make one terrific destination for the community between the commons, is unlikely to happen. But we would be glad to hear from anyone who can see a way forward, and would like to meet. Contact… Read more →

News and update on 21st September 2015: A message for our supporters

Dear Northcote Books supporters, Wheels are moving! This month we will be meeting with the Council to discuss their feasibility study and agree requirements with the appointed architect. As you may remember, Wandsworth Council is exploring the idea of demolishing and redeveloping the current Northcote Library and building a new library and community building opposite in its place. Then the… Read more →

See our plans on 6th July

In the last few weeks we have had fruitful discussions with GLL who run the library about the nuts and bolts of Northcote Books. The local councillors are next. We are submitting proposals and drawings for Northcote Bookplace. Find out what that is, at the Northcote Road Summer Fete which is on Sunday 6th July. Our stall will be outside… Read more →

Bookshops fight back!

One of the nice things about campaigning for a bookshop is that you welcome the success of other bookshops rather than resenting them as competitors. Why? Because alongside the handwringing about Amazon, Kindle, the shrinking book market and bookshops closing down, there are still shops doing well thanks, and even new ones starting, because people want bookshops. Thus even while… Read more →

Autumn Update, 17 October 2013

  Yes, we officially exist! We are now registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a Society for the Benefit of the Community! In other words, a non profit social enterprise. Thanks to all those who freely helped us with our application, particularly Brian and Bruce from Greenmarque, Chris and Ed our lawyers from Debevoise and Plimpton, and Co-ops UK.… Read more →

Is this what you really want?

We need to know.  Just a ten question survey.  We are conducting some market research to determine the views of local people, whether they would use a bookshop and community hub in Northcote Road and what our customers would like.  Please fill it in, it is very quick, and will help to make sure that we all get what we… Read more →

Meet authors (and us) at the Fete!

On Sunday 7 July from 1100 to 1700, we will have a gazebo outside the Library in Northcote Road. Come and meet us! But more importantly, also meet some award-winning authors in person! Caroline Lawrence, Samantha Hepburn and Sophia Bennett (who write for children and teenagers), Marion Molteno, Paul Ekins the environmental economist, Richard Lawrence who writes on the Edwardian… Read more →

Minutes of open meeting Thursday 23 May 2013

The meeting was attended by the bookshop steering committee and supporters. Twenty apologies for absence were received – it was the start of a bank holiday weekend. Committee: Viv Taylor Gee, chair, Hugo Gorst Williams, Lindsay Napier, Susie O’Reilly, Carol Rahn, Adrian Sarson (Apologies from:John Kahn, pro bono lawyer, Chris Savory, treasurer) Purpose of meeting 1. To share progress 2. To discuss the bookshop’s name 3.… Read more →

Bookshop News – 16th April 2013

Dear all The campaign is building up. On a clear day we can just about see the first glimpses of Northcote Books, sparkling creative community hub and excellent bookshop. Update: Bookshop Build-up! The core of a committee has been formed and is bravely tackling the priority tasks. It will expand in the coming weeks. From its first meeting came the… Read more →