News Roundup: Bridge Books, Exeter, for sale | Christian Resources, Leicester, on the move | Durham Cathedral (Book)shop downsizing? | Living Oasis, Aberdeen, closing down

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WE LIVE IN AN ERA OF CONTINUOUS CHANGE, it seems: some good, some hopeful, some odd, some sad. Not necessarily in that order: 

Bridge Books, Exeter, for sale

The Hopeful News: Bridge Books, Exeter, is for sale, advertised at businessesforsale.com: Christian Bookshop In Exeter For Sale. The business was launched in 2008 and was shortlisted for last year’s Christian Resources Together ‘Small Retailer of the Year’ award. I asked John Robertson, who owns the shop, about the sale. He replied:

Having reached my ‘sell by’ date (70+) we would be happy to ‘pass the baton’ to the next generation who can further develop this business and ministry. It’s always best to move on when things are going well – we’re still in growth, and would be happy to continue in a support role if that is appropriate alongside the new owner, who will need a sense of calling, vision and energy.

So, anyone out there looking for a challenge? John’s contact details may be found at www.bridgebookshop.co.uk: do give him a shout if you’re interested.

Christian Resources, Leicester, on the move

The Good News: Christian Resources, Leicester’s former SPCK Bookshop which broke free from the Brewers back in 2007 under the late Revd Peter Hebden’s leadership, is relocating to St Martin’s House in Leicester’s Cathedral Square. I invited the shop staff to tell us all about it:

Christian Resources is on the Move!

Alison pushing Janette as Christian Resources, Leicester, prepares to move!

Alison pushing Janette as Christian Resources, Leicester, prepares to move!

March 1st will see us opening up our new shop in St Martin’s House next to Leicester Cathedral. This is a move that’s been long envisioned, initially by Rev Peter Hebden who managed the shop in the SPCK years and beyond, until his death in November 2009. The Diocese of Leicester, along with Peter’s widow Cynthia, have run with this vision and now it is becoming a reality.

Christian Resources exists to communicate the Christian Faith, and our aim is to supply the resources and requisites needed for ministry and mission. What better location for the shop than in St Martin’s House, a building dedicated to Hospitality, Outreach and Service.

The Christian Resources Team is Janette, Alison, Karen and Maggie. We’re all excited about the opportunities this move will provide, and look to strengthen our links with the Diocese, as well as serve Christians of all denominations throughout Leicestershire and beyond.

The Bishop Street shop will close at 12.30 on Saturday 19th February, and we open for business in our new home at 9am on Tuesday March 1st.

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; 9.30am to 4.30pm, Saturdays.

Our new address is:

St Martin’s House
7 Peacock Lane
Leicester LE1 5PZ

and our new telephone number will be 0116 2615222.

Our email address is still enquiries [AT] christianresourcesleicester.com [email address split to resist spambots – Ed] Please do come in and make yourselves known. A warm welcome will await you.

On a personal note I have to say that I’m very much looking forward to dropping in next time I’m in Leicester. St Martin’s House was once the home of the Alderman Newton’s Boys School, which I attended more years ago than I care to remember… ah, the nostalgia… (short video over on the SPCK/SSG News Blog of Pete Hobson, Project Manager, talking about the redevelopment: Good News in Leicester as Cathedral Square Relocation Plans are Confirmed).

Durham Cathedral (Book)shop downsizing?

The Odd News: Perhaps not so odd, really, given the state of the Christian marketplace these days, but somewhere between hopeful and sad, I fear. Plans are afoot to relocate the shop as part of the Cathedral’s Development Plan and the relocation will, I’m told, lead to a downsizing alongside an apparently decreased emphasis on books. It seems that this once proud theological bookshop is destined to become little more than another Cathedral gift and souvenir shop.

Needless to say this ‘development’ not only has ramifications for the staffing requirements but will also leave Durham without a Christian bookshop, let alone a theological one. Join the conversation: Durham Cathedral Bookshop: One door closes…

Updated 8.30pm, 15/02/2010
Closure reportedly expected by the end of this week, 19/02/2011.

Living Oasis, Aberdeen, closing down

The Sad News: Hot on the tail of losing the Inverness branch to CLC, Living Oasis have now removed the Aberdeen branch from their list of branch locations. I’m told that the shop officially closes at the end of this month, although it may happen much faster given the Inverness experience. The news has emerged in typical Living Oasis fashion, from other sources, Living Oasis themselves being as reticent as ever about communications…

I invited Andy Twilley to offer a statement and he has advised me that “where there is specific news to go into the public domain, be assured, I am always very happy to comment as and when appropriate” and that he “may have a comment to make…. not least on the very exciting developments which are occurring with Living Oasis.” (Andy’s ellipsis).

Well, I tried. If anyone else manages to get any more helpful information from the company, please do let me know or leave a comment. In the meantime, please pray for the staff, not only in Aberdeen and Inverness but elsewhere as they face a period of increasing uncertainty and/or excitement…

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5 thoughts on “News Roundup: Bridge Books, Exeter, for sale | Christian Resources, Leicester, on the move | Durham Cathedral (Book)shop downsizing? | Living Oasis, Aberdeen, closing down

  1. So very pleased that Christian Resources Leicester have not only survived all that has been thrown at them, but are thriving. Well done and every happiness in your new location! Interesting that this shop is moving to the Cathedral area but can continue to be a resource for the whole Church in the area.Pleasing.

  2. I invited Andy Twilley to offer a statement and he has advised me that “where there is specific news to go into the public domain, be assured, I am always very happy to comment as and when appropriate” and that he “may have a comment to make…. not least on the very exciting developments which are occurring with Living Oasis.” (Andy’s ellipsis).

    wonder at the apparent reluctance of LO to comment on what’s happeing. surely the level of public and trade support for them this time a year ago would suggest that people really care and want to know what’s occuring.
    surely being so coy about the ‘very exciting developments’ in the offing is a little precludes the informed prayer of those suppoters?
    sad to hear about aberdeen. seems almost rude that all this stuff has to be ‘leaked’.

    • Open communication has never been the company’s strong point, in my experience, apart from when bigging things up or fundraising — the Living Oasis vision does not appear to allow for adversity, unfortunately.

      I have pointed out to Andy that there’s a lot of goodwill for them out there if only they’d keep us informed, but the best he ever seems to offer is cryptic remarks such as this…

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