Margins Bookshop: Our base in the centre of Wetherby

What is Margins about?

Margins Bookshop emerged from our temporary Pop-up church at 2 Church Street in Wetherby. We offer second-hand books for sale as well as providing a place for people to drop in and chat, browse the books and bring in their own books for us to re-cycle.

We also run regular and occasional activities to help support and serve our community.

The shop is normally open from 10am to 2pm, Tuesday to Saturday. We are not open on Mondays.

Sunday worship still takes place at Deighton Gates School at 10.30am.

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Artspace in Margins

Artspace is where we display work by local artists and photographers.

Our current exhibition is by ex-miner and Prison Officer Bill Barden.

From a very early age Bill Barden had an interest in art. He remembers drawing everything on anything, even on the pavements where he lived in Barnsley. Although he had dreams of pursuing this as a career, his mother, more pragmatically, had other ideas and got him a job in the local pit, following in the footsteps of his father.

Even down the pit he found opportunities to draw and even won some mining art competitions. After nine years he left the industry, moving to the Prison Service, where he worked for almost 28 years in the Physical Education Department. During this time he started to illustrate pamphlets, journals, safety instructions, and much more, including books on anatomy and physiology.

Bill is still at work, illustrating Health & Safety posters and, most recently, a children's books about thunder and lightning.

He says, "My own art is mostly about mining and the working class environment that I grew up in. Some of it is pure fantasy - escapism if you like. I think some of my art is a little different, maybe because of the subjects I choose."

The exhibition can be seen at Margins Bookshop, Church Street, Wetherby, during opening hours: 10am-2pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Here's one of Bill's paintings....

Margins Calendar for the week