In connection with this, some good news! We made an application to the Parish Council Community Fund for a Grant of £2000 towards the funding of children’s activities for the coming year, given that funding from the County is under great budgetary pressure and I am pleased to tell you that our application was successful. As a result, we will be able to assist the Library to purchase much of the renewable material that they require to continue to provide the high level and quality of the activities which are offered for our children in the Village.
The Dickensian Fund Raising Evening on Friday, 28th February was attended by 53 Friends and friends! The evening, compered most ably by Sue Mackenzie, had contributions from Christine Webb, who read some humorous passages from Dickens’ work and gave a short history of his life, whilst Darryl Boot (as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a fellow Portsmouth lad and friend of Charles Dickens) talked about the exciting environment in which he and Dickens worked. This was interspersed with a very entertaining and participative musical contribution from Sally Sharp with songs from “Oliver”. With excellent food and wine, it proved to be a very successful evening, which raised some more money for the FoBL funds to support the Library. Big thanks are due to the organising committee and Pat Hayman, aided by Barbara Rosenberg, who provided the catering. As always we must acknowledge the invaluable contribution from the Library Staff without whose efforts, this would not have gone so smoothly.
Do have a look at our “Burnham Library in the Press” page and see what good coverage we have been getting in our local paper.
With the tremendous input of the Burnham Health Promotion Trust, we ran a very successful Healthy Living Week in the Library from the 4th to the 8th February, photos of which can be seen in the press links mentioned above. As it was such a success, in response to demand from both attendees and exhibitors, we will be running another Week in 2015, slightly later in the year, to take advantage of what we hope will be better weather. So watch out for further information.
Along with Healthy Living Week, a recruitment activity was run for Volunteers in the Library, firstly to help in the Library itself, as well as in the Village Information Point and for the Police. There is a decision that the police will have a presence in the Library in the next few months and will be using an office at the rear of the building for a daytime base for the Neighbourhood Officers supporting Burnham.
We are looking at registering for Gift Aid and several other avenues to increase our income, so we can ensure that the library is able to continue its level of service and where possible improve it. If you can persuade your friends and family to join the Friends of the Library, there is a membership application here which can be downloaded and handed in to the Reception Desk in the Library