TRUSTEES of a long-running Christian bookshop in Dursley are appealing for volunteers to help the shop continue trading in difficult times.

The Lighthouse Bookshop in Silver Street was founded 20 years ago to make Christian books easily available, but is now struggling to find staff.

Chairman of Lighthouse Trustees Elisabeth Palmer said: "We need as many volunteers as possible to keep the shop alive. We absolutely depend on the hard work of our dedicated team of volunteers for the smooth running of the shop."

She added: "We welcome volunteers of all ages and from all different backgrounds. We are looking for enthusiastic people who are passionate about books and who share our vision."

The shop currently has eight volunteers, from several local churches. The trustees are also looking for a new manager after the previous manager had to resign due to family health problems.

Ms Palmer said: "We named the shop The Lighthouse because it is a place of warmth, friendship and illuminating the word of God. We help to show people a better and safer way within the occasional storms and confusion of life."

The shop sells a wide variety of Christian books, cards and gifts, as well as serving refreshments. When it was established in 1992, the exact amount of money needed to set up the business was given by an anonymous donation.

Ms Palmer added: "We would prefer to see a continuous bright, open and inviting shop, rather than a dark closed uninviting shop. This can be made possible with more voluntary help, to help keep the vision alive and keep the flame burning."

Anyone who is interested in volunteering should contact Elisabeth Palmer by phoning 01453 542416 or emailing