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Sunday 3 September 2017 10.53am
Hi all
We are having a good old clear out at the moment.

Is there anywhere in the area where we can donate books, dvds and (decent quality) kitchen stuff?
Sunday 3 September 2017 4.12pm
My favourite charity shop is Crisis on Walworth Road. It's SE17, but very close to the border with SE1 (a leisurely 10 minute walk from the Elephant).
Sunday 3 September 2017 5.11pm
Our local Dogs Trust charity shop in Lower Marsh isn't taking any more books at the moment but if you are anywhere near Union Street - Blackfriars Road end - the Union Street Theatre Café in between the Union Jack and the Lord Nelson , has a wonderful book exchange, no money changes hands, just leave your books there and people who want them will take them.
Sunday 3 September 2017 8.49pm
A further alternative would be to take your books to one or more kerbside book exchanges. There have been several forum discussions on these. Two that are definitely still running are at Southwark Playhouse and Gibbon's Rents, which is near the council HQ on Tooley Street.
Sunday 3 September 2017 8.52pm
I've seen one in Hay's Galleria.
Monday 4 September 2017 12.38am
'Paws' on lower marsh is fine but they don't take electrical appliances. Maybe most places don't. They haven't been accepting books for months either, which makes me feel like they won't have space for much else. I usually head down Walworth Road, there are about 4 charity shops just beyond Morrison's and a couple are open on Sundays.
Monday 4 September 2017 12.50am
PeteStaples wrote:
'Paws' on lower marsh is fine but they don't take electrical appliances. Maybe most places don't.

I think it's because they have to PAT test them and not many places can do that.
British Heart Foundarion on Old Kent Road take electrical.
Monday 4 September 2017 8.32am
There's a couple in the Blue Southwark Park Rd SE16, Mind and Sue Ryder I think.
Monday 4 September 2017 9.38am
I actually take books to Clive Drewitt, the bookseller under Waterloo Bridge/outside BFI — but he's away for another two weekends, and 'the western Lambeth border' may just feel too intrepid :-)


1. Trinity Newington Residents' Association Porch Sale
Saturday 9 September 10am-3pm at Henry Wood Hall, Trinity Church Square; free

"Hundreds of secondhand books at very cheap prices. Also CDs, DVDs and bric-a-brac. In aid of Trinity Newington Residents' Association funds. No entry charge."
Info & map:

2. the Hay's Galleria 'Honesty Library' — still in situ for a little while yet, I think
(as Lionel and Beetroot mentioned above)

"As part of the London Bridge City Summer Festival, the owners of Hay's Galleria have set up a book exchange at the river end of the arcade. If you have any spare books you would like to contribute you can contact or to place them on the bookshelves yourself. London Bridge City says that any books left at the end of the summer festival will be donated to a local charity shop."

"Other book exchanges in SE1 can be found at Forster Communications in Southwark Street, outside the Union Theatre and in Gibbons Rents."[/i]

3. you may of course want to set up a community book exchange in your immediate area. The book basket in our lobby is certainly focal point for 'neighbourly in action' :-)

4, Patrick, I'm actually backwards and forwards to the Spitalfields Crypt Trust charity shop in Shadwell most weeks — — taking donations from nearest neighbours. So I'd be happy to include your stuff in a future wheelie-trolley load …to support a really effective 50-year-old, frontline charity doing the 'hard graft' of working with the homeless, the abused, and the socially excluded, and in the meantime low/no-income families in the East London communities where the 7 SCT shops are based are well served by having a source of affordable kitchenwares and other household items, as well as clothes, music
Monday 4 September 2017 10.03pm
Royal Trinity Hospice on York Road (in front of the London Eye) are good. And they take electrical.

57 York Road
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