Village club is an open book

Donington Bookworms meeting at the library in High Street to discuss the books they are reading this month.  Pictured are Elsie Wright, Shirley Stevenson, Pat Thomspn, Maggie Scott, Judith Hall, Margaret Burkett and Sue Holland-Levens.
Donington Bookworms meeting at the library in High Street to discuss the books they are reading this month. Pictured are Elsie Wright, Shirley Stevenson, Pat Thomspn, Maggie Scott, Judith Hall, Margaret Burkett and Sue Holland-Levens.
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People in Donington looking for somewhere to discuss the latest book releases have Shirley Stevenson to thank for the village’s reading group.

Donington Bookworms was started in 2008 by Shirley after moving to the village from London a year earlier.

Donington Bookworms member Elsie Wright reading her novel of the month.

Donington Bookworms member Elsie Wright reading her novel of the month.

She said: “My first port of call was the library where I asked if I could join a book club.

“They said they didn’t have one and I was asked if I wanted to start one.

“We meet once a month at the library where we’re made very welcome and we had as many as 15 people coming at one stage.

“But we’re steady at the moment with about eight to ten members which is comfortable enough for the small room where we meet.”

Each session starts with tea, coffee and biscuits, along with a catch-up on what each Bookworm has done before a discussion starts on the books they are reading.

They are taken from a book list sent to them by Lincolnshire Library Services and from that, each Bookworm decides what they want to read during the year.

Shirley said: “Our group is made up of people from very different backgrounds, including a wartime Land Army girl and an evacuee from London.

“We have become very good friends and enjoy outings such as lunches and cinema trips.”

For more information on Donington Bookworms, call 01522 782010.