The Friends of Pontesbury Library has existed as a voluntary organisation which for many years gave support to the Librarian where and when it was needed. At an open meeting In April 2015 Shropshire Council presented the local community with the possibility of the Library closing in the following November. Kath Oldfield, organiser of The Friends at the time, brought together a group of like-minded people who feared what this would mean to the local area. From this a nucleus was formed that could take The Friends forward, working to keep the Library open. That group, led by Bob Boden as Chair, started fundraising in earnest. From a standing start Bob has successfully steered the organisation through these challenging times and established a clear vision of how The Friends can play an active role in the future. He and the FOPL Committee have negotiated with both the Parish Council and Shropshire Libraries to keep Pontesbury Library open. Bob stands down as Chairman this year, 2019. A huge thank you from all FOPL members for his tireless efforts over the past few years. The new FOPL Chair is Yvonne Davies. One of her main challenges is to see through the Library’s move to The Pavilion, a new community hub at Cricketers’ Meadow on Hall Bank.
The list below is testimony to our recent successes. Not every event focuses solely on raising funds. Some are, in the words of the BBC, ‘to inform, educate and entertain’ and, we’d add, to have some fun!
CHALLENGES for the coming year
- To embrace the challenge of the move of the Library to the Pavilion, the new Community Hub building at the Cricketers’ Meadow development. The shell of the building is being given virtually free by Shropshire Homes. Shropshire Libraries is applying for a grant towards fitting out the new building and re-locating the assets. FOPL are involved in ongoing meetings with Shropshire Libraries and the Parish Council to ensure a successful future for the Library in the new building.
- To continue fundraising to secure a future for the Library
- To broaden the representation of community members in using the Library both as users and FOPL members e.g. attracting young families, students and local schools.
We look forward to welcoming more and more of you as FOPL members. Membership is free. May we take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us in our efforts so far and to welcome the support of new members.