Community book exchange made possible thanks to donation from Building Society

Earl Shilton Building Society has provided a donation to help fund a new community book exchange initiative in the area.

The book exchange has been brought forward by Freestyle Burbage, which organises community events in Burbage, and will offer a free service for local residents to swap books at their convenience.

Freestyle Burbage is a crowd sourced and crowd funded organisation which was set up with the specific aim of encouraging local people to organise and take part in more community events and activities in the Burbage area. It relies solely on public donations and practical support from local people and businesses.

A donation of £45 has been made by the Society to cover the cost of the wood, fittings and paint for wooden boxes to store the books. The box will be placed at Featherston Drive after the exchange is launched on the weekend commencing 22nd April 2016, in line with other events to mark Earth Day and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Mike George, of Freestyle Burbage, said, “We are very pleased with our new library. Local people are borrowing books every day and the box has become a talking point in the neighbourhood. Someone always stops to chat when I’m adding books, often bringing their own books to add to our collection.

“We are very grateful to Earl Shilton Building Society for their support with this generous donation as we were able to start Burbage Book Exchange with a smart weather-proof box and good quality books.”

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive of Earl Shilton Building Society, said, “Organisations such as Freestyle Burbage are vital for bringing new ideas and engaging the community.

“We are delighted to hear that our donation has helped make the book exchange possible for our local residents.”

Once the book exchange is underway, Freestyle Burbage hopes to continue to raise funding to provide additional boxes for the area.

The Society supported the organisation in 2015 by providing a donation to the Burbage Sunflower Challenge to raise money for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Earl Shilton Building Society is providing donations to good causes through its ‘In the community’ fund.

In November 2015 the Society won the winner award in the Community Services – Small lenders category at the Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards for its work in the community.

Any local group in the Earl Shilton and Barwell areas interested in taking advantage of the fund can apply via the Society’s website. Requests will be reviewed regularly with a decision made on individual merits and funding availability.

All types of community groups, charitable organisations, teams, clubs and schools can take part. However, to ensure the scheme remains truly local, applications will only be accepted from the following postcode areas, LE, CV9 to 13 and DE11 to 15.

To help support the book exchange please contact Mike George, 07455 123883,