Village book relaunched for charity

A retired publisher is relaunching a fascinating book about a picturesque village to raise money for a cancer charity, in memory of her brother.

Beryl Holmes, from Warkworth, lost 74-year-old sibling Ray to the disease on December 23 last year. During his fight, he was supported by Marie Curie, which provided invaluable care.

To give something back, 67-year-old Beryl has had Ian Smith’s illustrated and informative book, Warkworth, reprinted.

She originally published the guide in 1990 from her Sandhill Press firm, which she ran from her bookshop in the village for 20 years.

Despite being retired, Beryl, with the author’s permission, has decided to relaunch the book for charity.

She said: “Marie Curie was unbelievably supportive when it came to Ray’s final weeks and they provide such a vital service. Without them, he couldn’t have managed his last wish, which was to die at home and I really want to give something back to the charity.”

The guide book, priced £3, contains a map of the village and illustrations and details about Warkworth’s key attractions and areas.

Beryl said: “It is a delightful little book and it is still very relevant.”

A special relaunch event is taking place on Friday, May 8, at Gray’s, Warkworth, from 6pm to 8pm. There will be drinks and canapés, as well as a silent auction for an original watercolour of the village by artist Fred Stott.

After the event, the book will be available from local shops or online from Northern Heritage and Amazon.

The book can also be purchased by emailing Beryl at

There is also a Facebook page, titled Warkworth.