Norwich Christian Bookshop Re-Opens

Norwich Reopens

Norwich Re-Opens

Mark Tiddy writes:

The BBC Norfolk website has posted an article titled “Norwich’s new Christian Resource Centre opens its pearly gates”

The article announces that the St Michael-at-Plea church in the city centre which was once home to SPCK before the demise of the bookshops through the management of SSG is to re-open during October as a new Christian resource centre.

On board the project are many of the original SPCK staff who have been re-appointed for the new project. The article on the BBC website says

‘Steve began negotiating a possible takeover of the former SPCK bookshop in 2006, to try and return it to its original form. However, those early discussions never came to fruition.

Nevertheless, Steve is very excited that not only is the centre re-opening, but with it, the café and its original chef.

“We are all coming back together again like a family. St Michael is such a lovely building and it’s so light, providing a very special atmosphere,” said Steve.

It hasn’t been an easy transition though.

“It has been like swimming through treacle without an aqualung. It nearly drove me and the family insane!” admitted Steve.’

You can read the article in full here

15 responses to “Norwich Christian Bookshop Re-Opens

  1. Well spotted, Mark: thanks. Great news!

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  3. Wonderful news! Every blessing to Steve and his team at Norwich!

  4. Green with envy!! Well done to the people at the bookshop and cafe. See, the Brewers can be gotten rid of – this is the proof.

  5. Congratulations and every blessing to Steve and team. Hope it will all go very well.

  6. Delighted for Steve and his team- this has been really good news and I wish them every success.

  7. Steve & Team,

    Good Luck and lots of good thoughts and wishes!
    If you want to chat or need anything ordering from Ingram like old times then just holler!

    The fun is just about to begin – passengers please ensure the seatbelts are tight and the safety bars are fully engaged as the ride is about to begin!

    Hugz and make it count!

  8. This is wonderful to hear! With such dedication and experience, the bookshop and resource center are sure to be a success. The descriptions in the news item make it sound so beautiful and inviting!

  9. stumbled across the latest memo to staff members, which can be seen at

  10. The second SSG/SPCK site in Bristol has re-opened again. As a very fine shop selling circus/clowning goods. I hope it does well and isn’t blighted by the ghosts of Brewers past. Mind you the song ‘send in the clowns’ just sums up the Brewer style of management.

  11. Valiant for Truth

    And the pebbles story on Matt Wills site does remind one of fiddling while Rome burns.

  12. Pax, I really wish I could understand the Bristol shituation.

  13. There’s also something strange about Exeter.

  14. asingleblog – the Bristol shop situation is simple. When the Brewers moved from site A (SPCK sold it) to site B they conveinently forgot to pay the rent. They made no effort to understand the business, therefore lost it, lost the will to do anything about it and closed up. Spent a day clearing out what they could then disappeared leaving much of the stock, most of the paperwork and all of the fixtures/fittings behind. Landlord changes locks. Stock at some stage disappears – possibly sold by the landlord to recoup some funds, possibly, somehow, SSG transfered it to another branch. Shop opens up again with new tenants who have nothing to do with the Brewers or bookselling but are left cleaning up the physical mess they left behind.

  15. Pax: ‘most of the paperwork’? What sort of paperwork?
    – If it was paperwork to do with staff, then I’m pretty sure that under data protection laws that shouldn’t be left lying around.
    – If it was paperwork to do with customers then that means credit card details etc. Possible financial fraud if this is just left for anyone to have a peek.
    – If it was paperwork to do with suppliers then that could include unpaid invoices, records of stock etc., which are all vital to unpaid suppliers getting their money back.

    Also, anything with cash value is surely a company asset, and therefore comes into any bankruptcy consideration, or something which can be redeemed in order to settle debts owed to suppliers or former staff. They can’t just leave that stuff behind, can they?

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