Users of Newent Library have until June 11 to catch up with a new historical exhibition staged by the Redmarley Historical Society.

Author Eric Warde, of Pool Hill, who helped with the writing of Chapters in Newent's History, has now turned his research and attentions to a new book, this time about the Redmarley area.

Local people will be able to see some of the fruits of his labours by popping into the library, off Broad Street.

The new book, still to be given a title, will be published in the summer of 2006. But Mr Warde's inquiries have already revealed that the old Co-op in Newent was used as a store for 28 tons of emergency food during the Second World War.

He found this after finding the so-called War Book for Redmarley in the Gloucestershire Record Office.

The author has also discovered that the mother of the novelist Barbara Cartland lived as a child at the Down House, off the Redmarley to Gloucester Road.

One function of the exhibition in Newent Library is to attract more material and photographs for the new book. Further details on 01531 820306.