Book detailing history of Elmswell raises more than £1,200 for village library

Zoe Clark, (left) Elmswell Library manager with Jimmy Jewell (centre) of Elmswell Library Friends wi

Zoe Clark, (left) Elmswell Library manager with Jimmy Jewell (centre) of Elmswell Library Friends with Paul Peachey Picture: RICHARD YARROW - Credit: Archant

A book of rare picture postcards and prints of Elmswell over the past 100 years has helped to raise more than £1,200 for the village’s library.

Zoe Clark, (left) Elmswell Library manager with Jimmy Jewell (centre) of Elmswell Library Friends wi

Zoe Clark, (left) Elmswell Library manager with Jimmy Jewell (centre) of Elmswell Library Friends with Paul Peachey Picture: RICHARD YARROW - Credit: Archant

‘Elmswell Through a Black and White Postcard’ was created by Paul Peachey to showcase the postcards he has collected over the years.

The book took over two years to create and has been on sale locally with Mr Peachey offering to donate the profits to Elmswell Library Friends.

The prints show how the life in the village has changed over the last century.

Mr Peachey presented a cheque to the Elmswell Library Friends (ELF) at the library’s fundraising wine tasting event tonight.


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Jimmy Jewell, chairman of ELF, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Paul for donating the proceeds from his book which is the culmination of many years collating these prints which give a unique glimpse into the life of our village over the past 100 years.”

Mr Peachey said: “A big thank you to the people of Elmswell for not only purchasing a copy of my book, but the reward in giving something back to Elmswell Library Friends.

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“Copies went as far as Australia and various parts of America. We must also thank the Mace, pharmacy and post office for helping sell the books for me.”

The book is still available to buy but there are only 50 left.

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