Here is our Summer Newsletter with all the Latest on what is going on with the Friends of the Library.
One important piece of work has now been completed and we now have a new Constitution for the Friends of Burnham Library. As you will know we are part of Burnham Community Association and to enable the Association to operate more effectively, especially to enter into contracts such as the lease for the Village Information Point, it has become a charitable company, which limits the liability of the Directors and members as well as a registered charity. To meet the requirements of the Companies Act and the Charities Commission, it has been necessary to re-visit the constitution of all the committees of BCA and draw up compatible versions.
Now, some good news. The Library is now open from 9.30am each morning, Tuesday to Friday, returning to the opening hours we last enjoyed before the economy regime reduced them a number of years ago. This is being done with both staff and volunteers. We do need some more volunteers to take on Library tasks, so if you or anyone you know might be interested, please ask then to speak to our Library Manager, Sue Lemon. The second piece of good news is that we raised over £1000 for the funds over the Bank Holiday weekend, with over 100 people attending our annual quiz and record sales on our cake sale and café.
The Poetry Group is now established and meeting regularly under the guidance of Christine Webb and will be an important part of the cultural life of the Library.
Our next venture is the Computer and Technology Literacy Group and this will have two completely free “Taster Sessions” on Tuesday 10th June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. We have been very fortunate to obtain the assistance of Martin Carter of Haymill Computers, who is an experienced electronics engineer, with a long history of working in the computer industry. The intention of the group is to help all those who have purchased computers and related technology and want to get the best out of their purchase. So come along and find out more and help to fashion the way the group works and the subject matter which could be covered.
In addition, we have three further events in the Calendar. Age UK are holding a fund raising drive in aid of their programme to help lonely older people and have asked for organisations to organise events. Under the banner of The Big Chinwag, The Friends and Library staff have decided to run a coffee morning in the library, not only to raise fund for this project, but also to offer an opportunity for people who live alone to come along and have a chinwag with the people supporting the event. This will be held on 20th June from 10am to midday. We have also been fortunate in gaining the support of Burnham Health Promotion Trust who will try to organise transport for anyone who has difficulties in getting to the Library – telephone 01628 661441.
The Second event is a fundraising effort as we have decided to take a stall at the new Burnham Food Festival to be held in and around Burnham Park Hall on Sunday 29th June from Midday to 5.00pm. It is shaping up to be a “must attend” event with around 50 stalls, a live cookery demonstration, children’s entertainment and Food, food , food.! We will be selling bread, cakes, savouries, marmalade and cookery books as well as doing a little bit of recruitment!. We are taking an outside plot using the Library Gazebo so are looking for help to set this up in the morning and to help on sales during the afternoon. In addition any donations of bread cakes, or savouries will be more than welcome. If you can help in any way, please let me know, or tell Library Staff know, the next time you are in the Library.
Each year, the Library has a Summer Reading Challenge for children which ends with a party sponsored by the Friends. This year this will take place on Tuesday 23rd September at 4.30pm. More details in due course.
After some discussion, the Committee has decided not to go ahead with the Big Draw event which we had pencilled in for October. Given the time we have available and the absence of some key members on holiday, it was felt that the time was too short to raise the funding and organise the event to ensure it was successful. We will have some other and smaller events being organised but the big decision is that we will be having a full blown Arts festival in 2015 and organisation will start for this over the next few months. We have also announced that in April next year, we will be repeating the very successful Healthy Living week and planning for this will also start soon. We always need volunteers to contribute to the planning and organisation of these events so if you would like to be involved in these projects or to find out more, then please email me at email@example.com or let Library Staff know.
The Committee has taken the decision to purchase another tranche of books for the Library, so if you have any particular thoughts about what you would like to see on the shelves please let us know.
In addition, we have just made the first purchases for children’s activities in the Library, using some of the grant from the Land Securities money allocated to us by the Parish Council Committee, including chairs and protective mats as well as materials for crafts.
We had a meeting with the County Management Team this week and have a number of pieces of news to share:
1. Negotiations with the Police are proceeding slowly about them taking space in the Library and we will report on this as soon as we have definite news. We do know that there will be a desk in the Library manned by Police Volunteers to help with any police related enquiries. Again an exact date for the commencement of this is awaited.
2. The Car Park is to be re-surfaced. As you will have seen the car park surface is not in good condition and can be slippery in wet weather. The decision has been made that it will be completely re-laid and the work on this will commence in September.
3. From a financial point of view the Library is performing well against its budget for the current year.
4. We are talking to the County about the financial support we can give the Library by organising events and making financial contributions to ensure that the services and facilities are maintained and increased.
I hope that you find this update useful and that we look forward to working with all the members of the Friends to keep our wonderful Library as the Community Hub it is.
Best wishes and enjoy your Summer,