The Lyn Valley Society & Lyn Community Second Hand Bookshop
The Lyn Valley Society developed out of an original Residents Association which was formed in Lynton in the 1990s. At that time Lynton had lost some of its facilities including the Cottage Hospital and Methodist church and the Town Hall was also struggling to find money for its upkeep and refurbishment as a listed building. It needed improvements to its heating system, kitchen and access for people with disabilities. Following a large public meeting the Residents Association was formed and began fund raising by holding coffee mornings, lunches, setting up a Treble Chance Lottery and a Titbits exhibition of local interest relating to George Newnes who had paid for the Town Hall to be built 100 years before. Donations were also received from individuals and local groups and over time sufficient funds were raised to install underfloor heating in the Main Hall, new electrics, a new kitchen, a lift, wheelchair access and a toilet suitable for people with disabities. In addition funds were used to make essential building repairs particularly to the windows and masonry.
The Lyn Valley Society was formed in 2001 by the small group of people left in the Residents Association and continued raising funds for the upkeep of our amazing Town Hall but also to give donations to support local Community Projects. Membership has changed over the years and we are now a small group of 12 members who are all loyal and hard working volunteers. We make decisions on requests for donations at our monthly meetings. Our most recent big project was the total refurbishment of the Jubilee Room in 2017 which has used up most of the original refurbishment funds.
The Lyn Community Second Hand Bookshop was a new fund raising venture started in 2004 in a room in the Town Hall. This has now become the primary source of fund raising for the Society raising on average £9000 each year. The Bookshop is open 6 days per week February to November being managed and staffed by a group of about 20 volunteers. Books are donated by local residents and visitors to the area and once checked and cleaned are put on sale in the Bookshop. Funds raised continue to be used towards the upkeep of the Town Hall and donations to support local Community Projects.
Over the years we have supported many local projects either with one off or regular donations including Lyn in Bloom, Light up Lynton, The Raft Race, Lyn & Exmoor Museum, Lynton goats, Cricket,Tennis & Bowls Clubs, Lynton cinema, Lynton primary school projects, toddlers groups, scouts and cubs, day trips for older residents, Middleham and other gardens, Lynton library, Solar lighting, Santa's visit, St Mary's Church organ fund, St John's new roof fund, childrens' parties, Lyn line dancers, cemetry wooden carvings, play equipment, air ambulance landing lights, Battle of the Somme and WW1 commemorations, village signs and tourist leaflets and many more.
We are proud of the wonderful area of North Devon in which we live and the aim of the Lyn Valley Society is to preserve, protect, develop and improve its features of historic, natural and public interest and to support the development of projects and activities which enhance the lives of local residents of all ages and interests and those which encourage visitors to the area.