A week of family fun activities, started on Saturday 26 October, to introduce a new book, furniture vintage-style temporary store in the old Blacks outdoor store in Havelock Square called The Gate.
Dawn Prosser, of Gateway Furniture Project, right, said: “The aim of the shop will be to recycle books that would otherwise be pulped or go to landfill.
“The Gate will also sell good quality low cost second-hand items from the Gateway Furniture warehouse, toys, clothing and home accessories.
“We want the shop to become a place for people to gather, where they can shut the door on the hassles of life, a place they can come and begin a journey of discovery.
“We hope it will become a hub of the community – to discover a good book, a bargain piece of clothing, a really good toy or a place where they can just relax and have fun. There will even be a soft play area for pre-school age children.”
The Gate will also offer opportunities to learn new skills and have a large community notice board.
The Gate coordinators are planning a schedule of community activities including a huge coffee morning on 15 November, 11am to 3pm, to raise funds for Children in Need.
The event will include coffee, tea and home-made cakes, a bake off and an on-site cupcake decorating competition.
The Gate will be open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays 10am to 1pm
Last year Gateway Furniture provided over 500 families with 2,200 items of furniture and white goods and averted over 50 tonnes from landfill. Books for Free have 32 volunteer led outlets across the UK and prevent 300,000 books a year on average from landfill.
• The Gateway furniture project is desperate for donations of good quality furniture and white goods to keep up with a major increase in requests for help to equip people who are setting up home but don’t have the money to buy new. To arrange a collection call 07714 0901011.