Family legacy opens a new chapter for village causes

Terry Howells with a small sample of the books going on sale in the Creighton Hall in Embleton. Ref: JCNG embletonbooks 1
Terry Howells with a small sample of the books going on sale in the Creighton Hall in Embleton. Ref: JCNG embletonbooks 1

An unusual legacy is opening a new chapter for village good causes.

A family in Embleton has received an unexpected inheritance in the form of approximately 10,000 books.

And they have decided to donate them to the village to be sold, with the money raised to be given to various Embleton charities such as the playpark, village hall, village magazine and pre-school group.

The family was contacted by one of the firms featured in the TV series The Heir Hunters, which tracks down beneficiaries to estates, to be told of the death of a relation of whom they were unaware.

Among the assets in his flat in Newcastle were trunks, boxes, cupboards and even rooms full of unopened books.

Over a number of years he had accumulated a vast collection of books as he was an avid reader himself.

Access to two of the rooms was almost impossible because of the number of books, most of which were still in the packing in which they had arrived.

At first it was thought that the books could be moved to Embleton by car but as the size of the task unfolded, it became clear that vans and trailers would be needed.

Several residents offered help and after 17 journeys the books were all removed to the Creighton Memorial Hall where they were unpacked and sorted.

Five thousand ‘as new’ paperback and hardback fiction books will be sold at the hall on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. All welcome.

Embleton is also playing host to a festival of crafts, flowers and music at the weekend.

Holy Trinity Church is the venue for the celebration on Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 4pm.

There will also be refreshments and a cake stall.

Admission is free and donations will be shared between the church and local cancer care.