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23 February 2018
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Monday, 12 February 2018
october books, portswood, southamptonUPDATED October Books reported a “fantastic” evening (Feb 8) at its current Portswood bookshop, held to explain more to supporters about its project to try to buy the old NatWest bank building and turn it into a community hub.

october books, portswood, southampton

The bookshop reported on its Facebook page: “A fantastic evening at the bookshop last night, a full house and over £30,000 in pledges for donations or loan stock purchase towards buying the bank and many offers of practical help to make it happen.”

Clare Diaper from October Books said: “After the evening we are at over £140,000 in pledges as donations or to be issued as loan stock, which is amazing.

“The evening was really great – standing room only in the shop and there was a lot of good discussion and questions, people offering skills and expertise and a real feeling that it is possible that the community will own a high street space in Portswood.”

Update 13/2/18: The shop says: "Many people couldn't make it to the meeting so we have some proposed dates to run another. Please fill in the Doodle Poll here and we will go with the date that most people can attend https://doodle.com/poll/qn9gpfdcu53p74vq The dates are evenings of 16th (Friday) or 21st (Wednesday) February at 7pm or the morning of Saturday 24th Feb 9.30 to 11am

If you can't make any of the dates please do pop in and ask any questions or write to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it "

Meeting photo: Jane Shepperd/Romina Cristi

Previously: Bookshop bids to buy former NatWest bank

October Books team outside former NatWest bank in Portswood Southampton
Members of the October Books team outside the former NatWest bank in Portswood

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