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First Church’s Monster Bookfair

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The First Church’s annual book sale certainly deserved its title,  Monster Bookfair.   Maybe it was the COVID effect or perhaps it was the decluttering craze earlier in the year, but donations of books were way above normal both in quantity and quality.  

As a result sales also broke records and that combined with Ted Preston’s talk on the Friday evening raised $8400 for the upkeep of the church.    

The organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed as helpers, donors and buyers.  

The enormous number of books took 2 trucks (organised by Trevor & Carol Hawkins) to transport from First Church hall to the town hall on the afternoon of the 20th August and with our willing helpers both at the church hall and the town hall, the thousands of books were unloaded in a very short time frame.  

Then the hard work started, organising the boxes to the tables and making sure they were in the right categories in time for us to close the doors in readiness for our guest speaker, Ted Preston, on the Friday evening.  Ted had us all enthralled with his tag line of “If you don’t tell your story … who will!”  When you break your life down into smaller timeframes, then it is easier to piece this together to get your story into some semblance of order.

After a fantastic supper, provided by the church ladies, the doors to the town hall were opened so those that were there could purchase books.

Number of books – probably around 6000 to 7000

Mostly sold for $2 except for the specials table

Childrens books were 4 for a $1 (to encourage children into the joys of reading)

Categories included Fiction, Biography, Cooking, Gardening, Hobbies, Literature, Music, Sci-Fi, Travel, War, Wine, to name a few.

All the banana boxes for storing and transporting the books were donated by Pain & Kershaw’s

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