Posted in September 2010

Alban Books: Jane Grounsell Remembered

Elaine Reid, Alban Books, writes: We are sad to report the untimely death of our MD Jane Grounsell after a two-year battle with cancer. Jane was a much-loved colleague who will always be remembered with love by all at Alban. Jane was the most warm, friendly, charismatic, intelligent and inspiring lady who we were privileged … Continue reading

Open Door prepares to open bookshop doors in October

Update: Ceased Trading Sadly the Open Door bookshop project proved unsustainable and the shop has now closed down, reported ceased trading in December 2011. As mentioned yesterday, I invited Open Door Trading director Paul Mogford to tell us about their acquisition of and plans for the former Footprints bookshop in Middlesbrough. Paul writes: 2010 looks … Continue reading

Farewell to The Well, Fareham: blame for demise placed on online competition and “the growth of cafe culture”

THE WELL, FAREHAM, has become our latest casualty in the struggle to survive as shopping trends change.  According to a report at, the shop’s demise is attributable to both online competition and “the growth of cafe culture”, the very culture that Living Oasis and other recent initiatives such as Cornerstone, St Neots, are focusing on. … Continue reading