Our Story

Sandra reading a book with a cup of tea in bookshop by Nicky

Hi and welcome to our page. Thank you for visiting.  My name is Sandra Carlon and I’m Manager at Books on the Lane and founder and Director of The Yorkshire Live Music Project CIC.

Our shop story begins way back in 2013, with an August Bank Holiday fund raiser. Between 2014 and 2017 we ran a fund raising pop-up café every summer. 

Books on the Lane

Because we love gardening, and care about our natural world, in 2017 we opened Walton Herbs and, thanks to our fantastic customers, in 2019 we could extend our operations to include our year-round book shop, Books on the Lane, housed in our renovated joiner’s workshop.

At the heart of all our work is a belief in the power of creativity, and so we love being able to support independent publishers, and published debut writers. We provide direct support to young people, every year we shave off a percentage of any profit and donate it to a youth music organisation based in Yorkshire. To date we have found £1,350.00 for youth music organisations. We have helped York Jazz Initiative, Barnsley Youth Choir, Castleford Young Musicians, Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra, The Crofton Bandits at Crofton Silver Band and 2023/24 Wakefield Youth Orchestra.

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Web-site photos credit: Nicky Rogerson.