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Christian bookshop in Norwich closed down

CLCTimBloomfieldCLC Bookshop closed down its Norwich store on Prince of Wales Road on Saturday April 7 due to a shortage of suitable staff to take it over.
 
The present manager of the Norwich shop, Tim Bloomfield, is leaving to take up another post within CLC and the shortage of suitable personnel within CLC UK has resulted in the imminent closure, said a company statement.
 
At a meeting of the leadership of CLC last weekend, after much deliberation, it was agreed that the shop should commence and a clearance sale start immediately and then cease its current operations on April 7.
 
"Unfortunately it is not possible for CLC to continue its ministry in Norwich at the present time," said Tim Bloomfield. "The situation has been under review and the subject of prayerful discussion for several months now, and it has been a difficult conclusion to come to.

"CLC nationally has been short of personnel for some time now, with not enough people feeling called to serve in our Mission on a full-time basis.
 
"As a result of this we have had to take some difficult decisions in curtailing come of our activities. CLC still recognises the need for our literature ministry in Norwich and would consider making that available again in the future if it became possible," said Tim.

"On a personal note - Whilst looking forward to taking up my new role within CLC I regret that the bookshop will no longer be operating and know that it will be greatly missed by many people."
 
CLC has had a bookshop in Norwich since 1960. It first opened in the St. Giles part of the city, but has been providing Christian books and resources from its Prince of Wales Road site for over 35 years.
 
CLC is a non-denominational mission which started in 1941 with the purpose of making evangelical Christian literature as widely available as possible. From very small beginnings it now has a range of centres around the country, a wholesale division, a new retail website going live in May, and is active in nearly 60 countries around the world.
 
 
Picture courtesy of EDP.
Feedback:
Michelle Smith (pastor) (Guest) 28/03/2007 11:55
Wow, this is so sad. We really value having CLC here and the service we have received is excellent. Thanks to Tima and all his staff for all the hard work they have put into this ministry. Every blessing for your future to you all, Michelle
Louise (Guest) 28/03/2007 22:31
I don't believe it! I thought this shop would be there forever! I've been visiting the shop for well over 20 years and it virtually feels like a 2nd home to me as I always go in there when I visit Norwich. It's bad news.
charles woodward (Guest) 29/03/2007 10:43
having been a Christian now for over twenty years. It is indeed sad to see the end of a ministry that has lasted so long. I say that I myself have been there several times over the years. Perhaps God is telling you it is time to move on to a new future and a greater ministary. God bless you, and what ever God leads you into.

Chas and Jean
Jeremy Andrews (Guest) 03/04/2007 17:26
I recall working at CLC as a volunteer between 89 and 91 and its closure is indeed very sad. I hope that the city of Norwich can find some suitable replacement.
Pat Chambers (Guest) 13/04/2007 20:38
It is hard to believe we have lost such a valualble christian literature service to the Norwich area. May the Lord continue to bless your ministry and we hope to see you again in Norwich.
David Fitzgerald (Guest) 26/05/2007 07:14
I do feel that this must have something to do with location? I pray that we shall continue to support Christian bookshops (i.e. SPCK at the heart of the City) and that these shall remain a central part of life here in Norwich.

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