Book festival boosts Docking church

DOCKING BOOK FESTIVAL 
Organisers Alan Spicer and Jenny Barker are overwhelmed by the number of books donated to the Docking Book Festival ANL-160531-104755001
DOCKING BOOK FESTIVAL Organisers Alan Spicer and Jenny Barker are overwhelmed by the number of books donated to the Docking Book Festival ANL-160531-104755001

Thousands of books lined the pews of St Mary’s parish church, Docking over the bank holiday weekend, during its sixth annual book festival.

The event is now so well established that the organisers have little trouble collecting books on most subjects under the sun from crime and romantic fiction to cookery, science and gardening with one whole section devoted to children’s’ books.

This year, for the first time, a section was also devoted to DVDs.

“People from all over the village and well beyond contributed,” said Jenny Barker, pictured above right with fellow organiser Alan Spicer.

Alongside the books was a writing competition with scores of entries from the village primary school.

Different years were given different subjects ranging from A Journey to Another Planet, A Mystery Story, Mini Beasts and Tutankhamen with prizes for each age group.

And, on Saturday, the village’s 1st Hares Own cub group ran a stall to help swell their funds and home-made light refreshments were provided by a team headed by Sharon Howard, Marion Honeyman and Shirley Webb.

Officials hope to raise at least £1,500 towards ongoing maintenance of the church.

Rector, the Rev Peter Cook, said: “Currently we want to improve the lighting and make the entrance porch more inviting.” MLNF16PB05331