Book Aid Container finally arrives in Mombasa!

More than a month later than expected and the container has arrived! Our partner writes that it was delivered at 8pm and the COVID curfew starts at 10pm. Thankfully the team unloaded it box by box in one hour. Thank you for your prayers.

April 2021 – Restocking the London Bookshop

Fresh stock is being shelved in the Bookshop during April

The London Bookshop will be closed during April 2021 for restocking.

We plan to reopen the shop on Thursdays  from 9am-5pm from Thursday 6th May 2021 and we look forward to welcoming our customers back from that date.

The Ranskill shop will reopen (government rules permitting) from Mon 12 April every day Mon-Sat 10am – 2pm

Corona Virus – reopening news!

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Book Aid Barnard Castle will reopen from 15 June on reduced hours of 11-3 Monday to Saturdays.  Be prepared for social distancing and hygiene measures in place!

Book Aid Ranskill will be open from 15 June for small numbers of customers from 10-4 Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri.  10-1 on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Book Aid London shop expects to reopen to customers on Thursdays only from mid-July 9.30 – 6.00.  The exact date will be confirmed nearer the time as work is being carried out on the building… 

Book Donations

Please ring ahead before travelling to drop off books at our shops to check we are open and able to receive books.  It will help to have them packed so they stack easily.  At London and Ranskill you will be asked to stack them on a pallet outside the building to reduce handling by staff.

Donating at local collection points

Our message has been ‘Please wait to donate’.  It is up to each of our collectors to determine how many books they can store and if they are ready to meet members of the public just yet.  Please ring them ahead of travelling to donate to check on their circumstances.

Book Aid Warrington Closes

Book Aid is sad to announce our Warrington bookshop has closed after 10 years in the town.

Warrington Shop

We would like to thank all those who have donated and purchased books here over the years, which has helped to raise funds to support our overseas programme. Many shipping containers of Christian books and Bibles have been sent to Christian bookshops in Africa as a result.

The funds raised through the generosity of the owners Doug and Joy Wood, who so freely and willingly made the shop available to Book Aid, have made a difference across the world, as well as enabling people in the Warrington area to buy good quality secondhand books on their doorstep. Doug and Joy’s skill and knowledge of Christian literature meant that the stock was well suited to the needs of customers. It really has been a joy to work alongside them.

Doug and Joy
Doug and Joy Wood
Pastor Stephen
Pastor Stephen

When they reluctantly stood down a couple of years ago Book Aid was thankful to firstly Pastor Stephen and then Ruth and Diane all of whom willingly gave their time and energy to keep the shop open on reduced opening hours for as long as possible.

Book Aid also wants to thank so many others who have given their time generously by volunteering in the shop over the years and we are sure that many people will be very disappointed now that the shop has closed.

Ruth and Diane
Ruth and Diane

Disappointed customers may not realise that Book Aid now sells books online (see the tab on our website as well as from our 4 other shops – Lower Sydenham in London, Ranskill in North Nottinghamshire, Barnard Castle in Co Durham and Templepatrick in Northern Ireland.

If you have books to donate please do not leave them outside the shop but contact either:

Book Aid to Sell Books on Instagram

Folio Editions for sale on Instagram
Folio Editions for sale on Instagram

Book Aid has always sold books, that are not required overseas, in its bookshops and more recently on-line via and the Advanced Book Exchange. The money raised is used to cover the cost of transporting, sorting and packing those books that are sent overseas to Book Aid’s container partners. In order to reach a larger market Book Aid will now be using its Instagram account to sell books in the UK, such as the Folio editions shown above.

How it will work

  1. An image of a book will be posted to Book Aid’s Instagram account, including a short description of the book and a price including postage within the UK.
  2. Customers who are interested in the book will be invited to comment “Sold”.
  3. Book Aid will then contact the customer for an email address.
  4. A PayPal invoice will be sent to the customer.
  5. Once payment has been received the book will be despatched.

What You Need to Do Next

Thank you for your ongoing support. We hope that you find this new way of buying books and supporting Book Aid helpful. Do leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Bob Hiley (1930-2019)

Bob Hiley (1930-2019)
Bob Hiley (1930-2019)

Bob Hiley, the founder of Book Aid went to be with the Lord in the early hours of the morning of 18th February. Bob (and Ada who died 18 months ago) was in Christian Literature ministry for over 60 years – 30 with CLC and 30 with Book Aid. Bob came to faith on board ship serving in the Royal Navy through reading the Bible and when in dock in Chatham found the CLC shop there. The literature ministry of CLC profoundly awoke his calling to serve God through Christian Literature. He and Ada were candidates in the old WEC Highland Road HQ back in the 1950s under the leadership of Norman Grubb and Len Moules and Pa and Ma Whybrow. They went on to serve in CLC Birmingham, Leicester and London.

Bob & Ada Hiley
Bob & Ada Hiley

The high volume of sales they achieved in the Leicester shop drew the attention of the leadership and in the 1960s, whilst in his 30s, Bob was asked to serve CLC as Leader which he did for the next 9 years. They moved on to set up CLC IRIS (International Research and Information Service) in the days pre-computer. They became part of the CLC International Office and Bob travelled widely from the 1960s onwards supporting CLC work around the world. During this time he also worked with the Evangelical Alliance to set up the missionary arm which became the Evangelical Missionary Alliance (now Global Connections).

Bob Hiley with a Book Aid Van
Bob Hiley with a Book Aid Van

On leaving CLC at the age of 56, he/they started a small work in the back of the car collecting used Christian books to send to African contacts who could not afford new books and so began what became Book Aid. An absolute visionary to the end, always wanting to be in active service for the Lord in literature ministry he poured himself out for God. Sometimes misunderstood in his zeal and his piercing single-minded vision, but kind and so gracious right to the end you can probably tell that we (his family) loved him and honoured him for all that he stood for and the example he set. Bob lived and breathed passion for the Word of God. Some of his co-workers will speak of the pace he set for himself and for others who had ‘to run to keep up with him’ but many also speak of the vision and action he combined so effectively for the Kingdom of God. Never someone who sought recognition or affirmation he had the enormous privilege of knowing that lives were being changed through the books he enabled to be distributed for the glory of God.

There is absolutely no doubt the legacy he has left is immeasurable.

His funeral will be in Chatsworth Baptist Church, West Norwood SE27 9HN at 12 noon on 8th March. Bob left instructions that he should be carried to the church and to the committal in the Book Aid van.

Bob specified that a photo should be taken and released to the press – ‘with a challenge to others to release what God has entrusted to them for his church work and kingdom on earth’. He did not want to waste any opportunity to envision the next generation and challenge them that when one saint goes home to glory others step up to continue the work.

Book Aid continues apace. On the very day he died requests for containers were arriving at the London warehouse. Books continue to pour in, praise God, and we are thankful to God for the privilege of continuing this awesome programme.

Christine Pulsford,
Bob’s daughter and Book Aid Director.

Book Aid is Back at the Christian Resources Exhibition!

It’s been a few years since Book Aid was able to get a van near to CRE’s site in London, but now that CRE is back at Sandown Park the Book Aid van will be there 16th-18th October 2018. We’ve been allocated space is on the ‘yellow brick ‘ outside the main entrance. Book Aid team members Ama and Joseph will be there to receive any donations of books visitors can bring with them. Do stop and have a chat with them and find out what Book Aid is up to at the moment – we are due to ship a container full of great books tomorrow morning to KENYA!

Please check our website to see what types of Christian books Book Aid collects.

Book Aid Saturday Opening and 20% Off Book Sale – 16th June 2018

Book Aid Sale - 20% Off

Book Aid’s London Bookshop will be open between 10am – 3pm on Saturday 16th June.

On that day only will also be offering all customers a 20% discount on every item.

We currently have large stocks of:

  • Bibles
  • Devotional Books
  • Commentaries
  • Theology books
  • Books on Church History
  • Books on Christian Missions
  • Antiquarian books
  • Greek & Hebrew language works
  • Books on Prayer
  • Books on Preaching
  • Banner of Truth titles

See this page for travel directions.

Saturday Opening Dates for Book Aid’s London Bookshop

Book Aid's London bookshop

Book Aid’s London bookshop

We recently shared on our Facebok page that we were considering opening the London Bookshop on Saturdays. The responses we received were so positive that we have decided to open once a month in May, June and July before committing to opening on Saturdays more regularly.

These are the new Saturday opening times:

12th May 2018 – 10am – 3pm
16th June 2018 – 10am – 3pm
7th July 2018  – 10am – 3pm

Contact details and directions can be found on the Book Aid London web page.