Lord Healey's Books Go Up For Sale In Alfriston

Wednesday 21st September 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Denis Healy

More than 1000 books from Denis and Edna Healey's personal collection will be sold in Alfriston to raise funds for the local Historical Society they both supported.

The Alfriston & Cuckmere Valley Historical Society will offer the books for sale on Sunday, 2 October, at Deans Place Hotel.

Most volumes will cost £3, with just a few special books individually priced.

"We are thrilled to be sharing these books with the public," said ACVHS Chairman, Kevin Gordon, "The Healeys were terrific supporters and Edna served as President of our Society for many years.  So we were grateful when the family offered us volumes from their Library".

Many of the books on offer were signed by Denis Healey, the Labour MP who served as Secretary of State for Defence from 1964 to 1970, as Chancellor of the Exchequer from l974 to l979 and Deputy Leader of the Labour party from l980 to l983.  Edna was a noted Historian, whose interests ranged from Charles Dickens to the history of Buckingham Palace and Coutts Bank.

The donation was arranged by Much Ado Books, the Alfriston Bookshop which purchased most of the Library following Denis' death.

"Denis and Edna collected more than 15,000 books", said Kevin Gordon, "and we are incredibly lucky that we could pick some of the most interesting for this sale!"

The books cover many subjects, offering a wonderful insight into the Healey's varied interests.

Proceeds will support the Historical Society, which hopes to donate some of the money to a local Archaeological Society, helping to fund work already being carried out in the Alfriston area of the South Downs.

Deans Place Hotel has generously donated the use of their main Function Room for the event.  Parking is available at the rear of the Hotel, which offers delicious Sunday lunches as well as accommodation.  Call Deans Place Hotel direct on 01323 871248 for further information.

The Book Sale will run from 2pm to 5pm.  Technical restraints permit only cash transactions.  Bring a bag for your purchases and come and enjoy the occasion.

If you have any queries, please contact the Secretary of the Historical Society, Hazel Dalgleish on 07764 254464.

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