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2004 News Index (Most recent first)
New Domain for Christian Book Reviews (Saturday, November 6, 2004)
Doncaster Loses Christian Bookshop (Saturday, August 14, 2004)
Dovecote Reopens In Epsom (Monday, May 10, 2004)
Access for All (Monday, February 2, 2004)
Farewell to The Ocracy, Gateshead (Tuesday, January 6, 2004)

New Domain for Christian Book Reviews
Saturday, November 6, 2004

With a growing library of reviews and an increasing number of publishers submitting titles for review, the UKCBD Reviews Section now has its own domain,

The section offers a Christian perspective on both Christian and non-Christian titles, with occasional music and software reviews thrown in to liven up the mix. New reviews are added monthly or more frequently as they are written, coming from a team of reviewers which includes booksellers and clergy along with students and teaching staff at London School of Theology. Selected reviews are also featured jointly with Faith For Life magazine.

If there's a particular title that you'd like to see featured or to nominate for Book of the Month, please send full bibliographic details to or send a copy of the book to Phil Groom, UKCBD Reviews Editor, c/o London School of Theology Books & Resources. Alternatively, if you've written a review, feel free to send it in along with details of the book and some background information about yourself. If suitable, it will be considered for inclusion.
Faith For Life
Publishers, authors and other interested parties are also welcome to submit books or other publications for possible review. Since it can take several months from the time a title is submitted to completion of a review, review copies of new titles should be submitted as early as possible, ideally before publication.

Doncaster Loses Christian Bookshop
Saturday, August 14, 2004

After more than 20 years of providing Christian books and music to the Christian community in Doncaster and the surrounding area, Christian Outlook Bookshop ceased trading in July 2004.

Christian Outlook — which opened in 1983 — was an independent evangelical bookshop and a registered charity. Its stock range included books for children and young people, Sunday School resources, devotional literature, a large range of Bibles, church history, biography, general theology and much more. Services available included a video hire library, special discounts for churches and schools and online sales through its website at (now also closed down).

Dovecote Reopens In Epsom
Monday, May 10, 2004

Dovecote Christian Bookshop — which closed down in March this year due to financial constraints and difficulties agreeing a new lease — will be reopening in new premises at 10am on Monday May 17th. An official opening ceremony with Chris Grayling MP is scheduled for 10am on Monday May 24th.

Unfortunately the Coffee Shop that existed in partnership with the original shop will not be reopening. The new premises — using a converted garage at 13 Ashley Road, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AQ, situated next to the church car park — are provided by agreement with Epsom Methodist Church. There's no need to wait for the reopening to buy, however: the shop is still trading online at

Access for All
Monday, February 2, 2004

There's no excuse now for any Christian bookshop that doesn't have internet access. Three years on since its launch in February 2001 the UK Christian Bookshops Directory is still growing, now with more than 500 shops listed, whilst last month saw over 9,000 page impressions across the site. To celebrate the site's third birthday this month, February 2004, sees the launch of UKCBD internet access.

UKCBD internet access is an unrestricted pay-as-you-go service charged at local call rate using an 0845 number: there's no contract and no time limit or cut-off point. Use is entirely at each user's own risk and liability.

To make the connection, simply use your computer's "dial up networking" settings to dial 0845 120 3070 using "christianbookshops" for both your username and password. To send email, set your outgoing mail server to (to collect email you'll need to use your own incoming mail server settings). If you're not sure how to do this, ask one of the teenagers in your church: they're almost certain to know!

Full email services, with an email address, are available to any shop or individual that signs up as a UKCBD subscriber, currently £10 per year: sign up today to make the most of the service!

Dial-up number: 0845 120 3070
Username: christianbookshops
Password: christianbookshops
SMTP server, for outgoing email:

Farewell to The Ocracy, Gateshead
Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Christian booklovers in Gatehead lose an important resource this month as The Ocracy Christian Bookshop in the Metro Centre closes down. The closure has been forced by Metro Centre redevelopments which leaves the shop without economically viable premises.

The Ocracy, one of the first independent Christian Bookshops to sponsor the UK Christian Bookshops Directory, was opened in 1994 following a huge amount of prayer from the churches in Gateshead for a Christian bookshop in their area. The shop has traded successfully ever since, winning the Christian Booksellers Convention "Small Bookshop of the Year" Award in 1998. Jeni Paul, who set the shop up and whose enthusiastic management kept it alive from start to finish, writes:

"The hardest part of closing down is the response we are getting from our customers. Grown men have stood at the counter and cried, many were all for raising financial support, some are quite numb and refuse to believe that we won't re-open. The hardest hit are the teens and twenties and it's gutting to hear them say that they won't use another shop because there isn't one where they feel at home."

The shop finally closes on January 18th 2004: "We have started reducing our stock and everything is selling through wonderfully. It's scary how much we sell at Christmas. Our sales figures are unexpectedly consistent with previous years and we will close solvent." All suppliers have been paid and staff are being paid to the end of January with full redundancy, but beyond that their future remains unclear. Any balance over will be used to provide a temporary income for Jeni until either a new job can be found or benefits become available.

Jeni continues, "Caron has a new job lined up for the end of January, Sue is still looking for the right thing. I want to say a BIG thank you to customers and reps who have taken the time to call and say goodbye. Thank you for flowers, cards, stuff to sell in the sale, encouraging mail, and for calling in for a hug and a prayer. You know who you are, thank you. You made me feel like a human being and a friend."

A History of The Ocracy

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