September Report 2017

Shropshire Council has now published its draft Strategy for the County’s Library Services for the Years 2018-2023 which is out for consultation until 6th October.

The Friends are pleased to note that the draft Strategy classes Pontesbury as ‘Tier 2’ in its proposed hierarchy of Libraries in Shropshire, whereas on a basis of size we would expect to be in Tier 3. This means, amongst many other benefits, that we would have a ‘staffed library’ and would continue to receive full ‘back-office’ support from the Council, though of course it would still be largely funded by the Friends and Parish Councils. Our Steering Group is meeting with the Council shortly to discuss the implications.

The children thoroughly enjoyed a Cartoon Workshop with Malcolm Whittall at the start of the school holidays. The Library was bursting at the seams and bubbling with fun as each of them showed off to Mum – see pictures. A further special children’s event will be presented by The Dog’s Trust on the 15th August 3:00 – 4:00.

Those who enjoyed the Village Quire’s delightful ‘Precious Bane’ concert last year will be delighted to know that the Quire are returning to the Congregational Church on the  28th October. Space is very limited so please put it in your diary as we expect a sell-out, as last year, based on the number who have asked for them to come back and those who are kicking themselves for missing it last year. This year the Quire will perform ‘Back to the Garden’ based on local personal stories of the First World War as part of the Passchendaele centenary events. Reports suggest that this concert is ‘even better’ than Precious Bane’. Tickets to include refreshments priced at £10 will be available from the Library. See poster elsewhere in this Newsletter.

Following last year’s successful Autumn Fayre, this year the Friends are proposing to join with the Congregational Church to celebrate Apple Day at the Congs on the 23rd September. See announcements elsewhere in the Newsletters. As well as apples to be pressed and juice to be sold, there will be crafts, stalls – plants, cakes etc. and refreshments. The Congs Apple Day has always been fun. This time, the Friends of the Library are joining and proceeds will go into Library Funds so please come and support. As always, bring apples (particularly eaters). Donations for the Library stalls of plants , books , cakes, jams, preserves and produce can be taken to the library during normal opening hours or to the Congregational Hall on Friday 22nd September from 2- 4 pm. We will also accept items on Saturday 23rd September before the event begins.

We are delighted that renowned author and historian Keith Pybus will be speaking at our General Meeting on Thursday 7th September 7.30 pm in the Public Hall. Keith is a lively raconteur with a fund of fascinating and dramatic stories to share about the First World War.   Did you know that:

  • a world famous WW1 cartoonist lived in Shropshire? 
  • an airman ‘fell to earth’ in Market Drayton? 
  • a memorial lych-gate revealed a romance across the class divide?
  • there was a POW camp in the Abbey Foregate car park?  

Do join us for an entertaining evening with Keith as he brings some of these stories to life as part of the County’s WW1 centenary commemorations.

This will be preceded at 7:00 by an Open General Meeting. This is particularly to seek the community’s agreement to submitting a formal submission to the Charities Commission for Charitable Status for the Friends of the Library.

Finally, the Friends have submitted a Bid into the Co-op Local Communities Fund. If we are successful, please shop at Pontesbury Co-op, buy ‘own brand’ goods and nominate us as your chosen charity. Funds will help boost community facilities at the Library.


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