Last year, during the first Lockdown, a free weekly book exchange was set up outside the Mulberry Restaurant in Saundersfoot. This fabulous initiative, co-ordinated by Nina Thomas, proved extremely popular but sadly had to stop once the weather started to turn inclement. However, an idea was hatched.
Nina and Ladan Harper (from the Saundersfoot Connect Facebook Group Admin team) got together to find out if there was a way of creating a more permanent exchange. “We posted the idea on the Saundersfoot Connect Facebook Group to ask for feedback” says Ladan “and the response was very positive so we pursued the idea.”
“With the support of Councillor Phil Baker and the Harbour Commission a location was identified close to the flag post in the centre of Saundersfoot village” said Nina. “We have also done research to make sure that the exchange complies with Covid hygiene regulations”.
Weeks of negotiations, discussions and research followed, the result of which is that Nina and Ladan have announced the go ahead for the establishment of the free book exchange on the Harbour area by the flagpole.
The shelving structure is generously sponsored by Geraint Ginty-Foster of GForce Telecoms and will be made by Norman Industries in Haverfordwest which is a supported business employing people with a disability or work limited health conditions (Norman Industries – Pembrokeshire County Council).
Karen Davies, Programme Manager at Norman Industries Supported Employment Programme said “I’ve known Ladan for many years, having worked with her on many occasions, and I am thrilled to be supporting this initiative.”
The weatherproof book case will be shaped as a rowing boat made out of long lasting hardwood along the lines of the ones shown in the pictures below.
“Once established this book exchange will be a wonderful feature for the village” said Ladan.