A new pre-loved bookshop has opened in Chesham after a three month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The shop called Chapter Two has opened at 10 High Street, with all profits made going towards the care provided at The Hospice of St Francis, which is based in Berkhamsted.

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It has sustainability at its heart, selling second hand books and reusing materials inside the shop from donated bookcases and shelving to recycled materials on the counter.

There are designated fiction, crime, architecture, travel, cookery and gardening sections with a vintage area devoted to colourful Penguin Originals alongside a dedicated children’s corner with classics, fact books and stories for all ages.

The shop also sells vinyl and a selection of carefully chosen gifts and cards.

The shop team is adhering to the government's coronavirus guidelines.

Hand sanitisers and social distancing will be in place and staff will be wearing PPE in the form of visors and gloves.

Card payments are preferable but the shop will continue to take cash if requested.

Mark Jackson-Hancock, manager of Chapter Two, said: “Books don’t age and our eclectic collection of treasured books is ready and waiting to inspire, delight, educate and amuse the people of Chesham and beyond.

“I’m sure lots of people will have rediscovered reading during Lockdown and we have lots of books here to fuel individual passions further.

"Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have a particular book request and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for you.

“We may have been delayed but are delighted to be opening our doors to local people and carrying on the tradition of having an independent bookshop in the heart of Chesham and following in the footsteps of Chapter One, run by Liz Payne, which served the town for over two decades.”

Whilst the Bookshop’s plans for workshops have been put on hold for the time being, the team is holding virtual book clubs, creative writing workshops and children’s story times initially read by owners of other small local independent shops.

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The Hospice of St Francis help you if you are managing, or recovering from, serious illness.

Visit the Chapter Two website for more information.