Old Basing Book Exchange

A book exchange project in Old Basing was officially opened on . Saturday 7th April by local children’s author Sue Lawrence who wrote the charming “Harry. A Cat’s Tale”. The formerly dilapidated Pyotts Hill red telephone kiosk was adopted and refurbished by Old Basing & Lychpit Parish Council and with its new lease of life it was relocated and now sits on the approach to the Old Basing Recreation Ground, adjacent to Oliver’s Battery.

The idea of a village book exchange came from local business owner Laura Haystaff of The Topiary Salon. “I have seen book exchanges popping up in villages similar to ours and thought was a great idea for our own. We held an exchange before Christmas at our salon, and the idea carried from there.” 

Local families were treated to a book reading from Sue Lawrence on the lawns of the recreation ground before cutting the ribbon to launch the village project. 

Laura added “With many thanks to the Parish Council for helping this come to fruition, I hope villagers will enjoy having their our own little library on their doorstep”

Residents of all ages will be able exchange a book they no longer need for a new read. The community project will run annually from Easter to the end of October, and will continue to be sponsored by The Topiary hair salon and supported by the Parish Council. For information please visit the project’s Facebook page @OldBasingBookExchange.

Photos Tony Tuck

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