Longstanding, eagle eyed residents may well have spotted the old F.W. & H. Miles Fuel Merchants sign behind the old Peppermill fascia, undoubtedly evoking a little nostalgia. It was a tiny office with some sacks of coal in the window, where you could go and order your coal. There were houses in Chorleywood who depended heavily on these coal supplies, since they did not have heating, only fireplaces.

The shop then became part of another Chorleywood institution, The Peppermill, which had been established by Pepe and Suzanne Vasquez in 1968. Though we are saddened to see an institution like the dearly loved Peppermill disappear, the memory of Suzanne’s incredible chocolate covered choux buns, stuffed full of fresh cream, will never leave us, it is wonderful to see our beloved book shop expanding and moving into that space.  Congratulations to Sheryl and her team, the CRA wish them every success in their new home.  Broadband permitting they will be moving into their new home this weekend.  Despite the challenges of 2020, their desire to be able to offer us a bigger and better bookshop never waned. The new shop will allow them to bring us more of what we love, along with the opportunity to host intimate author events and promotions.

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Lisa Stewart, CRA