THE Castle Ward Bookshop volunteers attended a wonderful celebratory lunch this week in recognition of them reaching an outstanding £100,000 from selling second-hand books for the charity.
Now run by Mr and Mrs Leslie McCullough, the bookshop was started by Professor and Mrs Ronnie Buchanan in 2003. A team of more than twenty local volunteers donate hours of their time daily to support the National Trust by providing a wide choice of great books that visitors can browse within comfortable surroundings.
Following a splendid lunch by Mrs Anne Quail, catering franchisee, Jacqui Baird, Castle Ward Visitor Services Manager, paid tribute to the outstanding work of all the volunteers particularly Professor and Mrs Ronnie Buchanan and also to Mr and Mrs Leslie McCullough.
“Our bookshop volunteers work tirelessly ensuring old and new books are donated daily to the bookshop, providing each visitor with an extensive range of subjects to choose from. Their knowledge and expertise has ensured that each visitor to Castle Ward has had a memorable experience during their visit,” said Jacqui Baird.
All money that has been raised from book sales over the past eight years has funded much needed projects at Castle Ward such as the farmyard animal enclosures and the forest lookout.
The bookshop is currently open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4pm and will be open daily from 12th March 2-5pm. There are many subject choices to be found such as history, children, art, photography, ancient history, travel and much more.
If you would like to leave book donations for the bookshop, please call between 9.30-5.00pm daily or telephone 028 44881204.