Quality second-hand, antiquarian and new books, and book-related items
Timberbooks has been selling quality second-hand, antiquarian & new books in West Kilbride since 2007, both via a physical shop and online.
In 2013, in order to grow our business, remain in the village and save a listed building, we purchased Overton, a Victorian former church and church hall, which we began to renovate and develop.
We hosted concerts and art exhibitions each year from 2013, and in July 2016 we finally opened Ayrshire Tea House, selling hot & cold drinks, home-baking and quality local produce.
Then, in August 2017, due to an annual increase of £5,500 in business rates, Overton closed to the public as a viable high-street business. There is no way that this level of additional profit can be generated in such a small village! We now sell books online and via pop-up shops elsewhere, whilst we try to work out a new way to save this listed building.
Since Overton is privately owned we have been unable to access any charitable or public funding. If you would like to make a donation to help us in our efforts to keep Overton wind- and water-tight and accessible to the public you can do this via the link below, or contact us directly (also via a link below). We are truly grateful for all assistance received since the business rates fiasco totally derailed our progress.
The words we have for the national and local politicians and bureaucrats involved in the business rates' system are colourful but unprintable - especially as Timberbooks was the last remaining independent bookshop in the entire county. All we will write here is this: So much for a government whose policies claim to support our high streets, our small businesses, our heritage and to value and champion literacy - just so many empty words!