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Old Buckenham bookshop opens it’s doors as owner cites passion for books as her motivation





Spurred on by a lifelong love of being spellbound by books, a business owner is set to achieve a personal ambition today.

Lucie Riches, who lives in Old Buckenham with her husband, Mark, began an online and pop-up book sale venture called Book Bubble in 2018.

Having dreamed of running her own book store, Lucie will do just that when she opens the Old School Bookshop in her home village today.

Old Buckenham, Norfolk, 25/11/2023Lucie Riches is set to open the ‘Old School Bookshop’ in Old Buckenham on the 1st December acknowledging the original use of the building as the village school.The front hall of the former Church Rooms, near All Saint’s Church has been renovated recently in preparation for the bookshop opening. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2023
Old Buckenham, Norfolk, 25/11/2023Lucie Riches is set to open the ‘Old School Bookshop’ in Old Buckenham on the 1st December acknowledging the original use of the building as the village school.The front hall of the former Church Rooms, near All Saint’s Church has been renovated recently in preparation for the bookshop opening. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2023

“I have always loved reading and grew up with my nose stuck in endless novels – much to the annoyance of my parents, who would take me on amazing holidays with fantastic scenery and sights, which I would invariably miss in favour of the wonderful discoveries I was making on the pages of my latest book,” said Mrs Riches.

“My dream has always been to open my own bookshop. I have spent years visiting bookshops and collecting books.

“Books have always offered me a sanctuary and I would like the Old School Bookshop to offer the same for the local community.”

The new venture, which is situated next to All Saints’ Church on The Green, specialises in contemporary books and encourages people to reuse and recycle their books where possible.

The shop will also offer a small range of new and collectable books, locally-sourced and literary gifts, greetings cards and more.

Mrs Riches added: “We are only at the start of our journey as we have plans to continue the restoration of the rear hall next year.

“We hope, in time, to offer more facilities for the local community – and, of course, plenty more books.”

The shop will be open on Fridays and Saturdays, from 10am to 4pm, with bonus openings in the run-up to Christmas on December 17 and 24, from 10am to 2pm each day.



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