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Landmark for Petworth book fair

Miles Costello and Peter Jerrome prepare for the Petworth Society's book sale PICTURE BY LOUISE ADAMS C140143-1

Miles Costello and Peter Jerrome prepare for the Petworth Society's book sale PICTURE BY LOUISE ADAMS C140143-1

BOOKworms should make their way to Petworth on Saturday (February 8) for the Petworth Society’s 150th book sale.

This landmark occasion will be taken as an opportunity to make a few minor changes to the formula that has served the sales so well since their conception in the late summer of 2000.

To keep the event viable, the base price for books will rise to 80p, with the former £1 table at a base price of £2. Some £1 books may reduce in price to 80p.

Over the years, the book sales have raised some £80,000 towards the production of the society’s quarterly magazine – now looking to its 155th issue in March this year.

Society costs that need to be covered include storage rent, hall hire, the society van and subsequent upkeep of the vehicle.

The sales were introduced to stave off a rise in the society’s annual membership subscription and have stood the test of time, becoming recognised events.

Membership is open to anyone and the magazine is issued free of charge to all members. The publication helps the society achieve its aim, established when it was founded in 1974, ‘to preserve the character and amenities of the town and parish of Petworth, including Byworth, to encourage interest in the history of the district and to foster a community spirit’.

The sale will be in the Leconfield Hall, on February 8, 10am-3pm and admission is free.

 

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