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Our Story

In the beginning...

… in an ancient Mid Devon market town, inspired by the desire to retain a bookshop in the High Street, the Crediton Community Bookshop plan began with community meetings and the launch of a community share issue.

To say ‘the rest is history’ is perhaps to underplay a period of intense activity and tremendous support from local individuals and organisations ... which successfully culminated in a lick of paint, the appointment of a part-time manager and suddenly we were open for business!

Inspired by the belief that books can change lives ...

... over the next three years our staff and volunteers committed to selling books, hosting events and working with partnership organisations to set up author visits and book-fairs for schools, literary festivals and much more.

With guest appearances by poets and authors the venture grew into a thriving community resource with an extensive schools outreach programme. It became increasingly clear that our small shop at the edge of town could not provide the facilities for the business to prosper so (as in all good stories) we scaled high mountains, befriended fearsome dragons and worked hard while awaiting a timely opportunity...

Our wish was granted!

We raised finance and funding and bought our own shop... and with more than a tonne of books to move (plus the shelves to put them in) the team had their hands full!

Backed by a prestigious Power to Change award, we moved to a larger, more central premises where the Crediton Community Bookshop team set about developing the enterprise as a community resource including an event space for literary and arts exhibitions, a variety of workshops and development of our schools programme. Our aspiration is to become a community hub, with space for local people to host events & workshops and freelancers to work from.

Awards

2017 saw CCB become an Independent Bookshop of the Year Award regional finalist as well as winner of The Prince of Wales Award which recognises organisations and initiatives run by the community for the community and is supported by the Duchy of Cornwall.

"The judges were particularly impressed by the fact that the CCB's outreach programme takes in many very small schools in rural areas, as well as large secondary schools.

Crediton Community Bookshop is much more than just somewhere to buy books! Its aim is to promote both literacy and literature and, in particular, to foster a love of reading among children, a passion shared by its Patron, Michael Morpurgo."

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