This page will keep you up to date with the latest news from St Martin's Bookshop. The most recent newsletters are at the top, and the oldest at the bottom.
Easter 2018 holiday arrangements - Thursday 22nd March 2018
Good Friday 30th March: CLOSED
Vacancies for volunteers - Thursday 1st March 2018
We have an ongoing need for volunteers to enable us to continue serving the local community and the individuals we help.
Christmas/New Year holiday - Thursday 28th December 2017
We look forward to welcoming our customers and friends when we re-open after the Christmas and New Year holiday at 10 a.m. on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
August 2017 update - Wednesday 13th September 2017
Shop opening hours
M2 bus route extended - Wednesday 31st May 2017
Wilts & Dorset bus route M2 now runs to Southbourne Cross-roads, with a stop outside our shop.
change to bus route - Sunday 7th May 2017
Yellow bus route 33 is re-numbered D1 and route extended to Poole
Easter holiday 2017 arrangements - Wednesday 5th April 2017
THURSDAY 13th APRIL: 10 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
New Bus services - Thursday 19th January 2017
As from 15th January 2017, Southbourne Cross-roads will be served by Yellow bus routes P3 and 33 (the 1c service from Poole is discontinued)
Christmas 2016 - Sunday 25th December 2016
We re-open after the Christmas break at 10 a.m. on Tuesday 3rd January. We wish all our many friends and customers a very happy Christmas and Peace and every blessing in 2017.
Christmas 2015 - Sunday 20th December 2015
St. Martin's bookshop will close for the Christmas and New Year holiday at 4 p.m. on Thursday 24th December and re-open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday 5th January 2016.
New Year Newsletter 2015 - Friday 26th December 2014
Recent months have seen the closure of the Winton Bookshop - the last 'proper' antiquarian and second-hand bookshop in Bournemouth. In spite of the unfavourable trading conditions, we are determined to continue to serve the local community at Southbourne, providing friendship and support for our team of volunteers (the St. Martin's 'family') as well as the many lonely and elderly folk who live nearby.
Revised Winter opening hours - Sunday 26th October 2014
Please note that as from 1st November 2014 our business hours will be:
New Year Greetings 2014 - Tuesday 31st December 2013
Happy New Year to all our friends and supporters from the St. Martin's team.
Revised opening hours - Wednesday 25th December 2013
For a trial period we are remaining open later (to 5 p.m.) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays as noted on the 'About Us' page. This is subject to availability of volunteers, so we suggest that you telephone 01202 419119 before coming to the shop to avoid a wasted journey.
Christmas holiday arrangements 2013 - Monday 23rd December 2013
Weather and staff availablity permitting, the bookshop will be open on Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24th December, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. But please telephone 01202 419119 before coming, in case the weather makes this impossible.
Death of Tony Harrington, M.B.E. - Wednesday 23rd January 2013
It is with great regret that I report the death of Tony Harrington at the Macmillan Unit, Christchurch Hospital, on 8th January 2013. Tony was one of our founding trustees in 1997 and was an active supporter of many charities, including Michael's Limited, Kabanana Care and the Charles Rolls Memorial Project. Donations in Tony's memory for 'Macmillan Caring Locally' may be sent to Brian Wilton Funeral Home, 156 Tuckton Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, BH6 3JX. Our deepest sympathy goes to his widow, Joan, and their family. David.
Newsletter April 2012 - Monday 23rd April 2012
Friday 20th April saw 20 members and friends gather for an excellent lunch at the 'Beach Hut' Cafe at Southbourne Cross-roads. A collection was held which raised £125 for Michael's Limited (the charity for the homeless which we have supported continuously since our charity was set up). Although trading has been difficult, we are committed to maintaining our support for Michael's at a time when all charities are struggling to meet the demands made on their resources.
Easter 2012 arrangements - Tuesday 3rd April 2012
The shop will close at 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday 4th April for the Easter holiday and will re-open at 10.00 a.m. on Tuesday 10th April.
Christmas Holiday arrangements - Saturday 17th December 2011
In order to give our hard-working volunteers an opportunity to enjoy a break at Christmas, the shop will close at 4.00 p.m. on FRIDAY 23rd DECEMBER and will re-open at 10.00 a.m. on TUESDAY 3rd JANUARY 2012.
Sad News: death of former trustee Brendon O'Hare - Friday 4th March 2011
It is with deep regret that I have to report the death of a former trustee of our charity - Mr Brendon O'Hare in a Bournemouth Nursing Home at the age of 92. The requiem mass took place yesterday (3rd March 2011) at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Douglas Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth.
Review of 2010 - Friday 17th December 2010
During 2010 St. Martin's was able to provide a limited number of grants to individuals with disabilities and other health problems. Unfortunately, the recession has affected our income, which comes from sales at our bookshop.
Ordering from the catalogue - Sunday 9th August 2009
We are in the process of adding titles to the on-line catalogue. The process is painfully slow and we are bound to encounter gremlins on the way, so apologies if you find the process frustrating. If you wish to place an order, please telephone me on 01202 547054 or e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to check that the item is still available. Please note that prices quoted do not include postage. If a book shows a price of '0.00' this means that the book has been sold. Do please send your wants lists.