THE licensees at the Royal Oak pub in Over Stratton, Jill and Chris Leaver, had the idea back in 2006 of setting up a charity bookcase.

To date the bookcase has raised more than £5,000 for charity.

Starting out with one bookcase and several boxes of books kindly donated by Ilminster Lions, two more cases have been added, plus a shelf dedicated to hardbacks.

Somerset Sight, The Labrador Rescue Trust, Ilminster Lions and the Annual Poppy Appeal have benefited from the generosity of the Royal Oak’s customers and readers.