The aims of the Friends of Pontesbury Library, now a registered charity, are:

  • to raise funds to secure and maintain a Library building and support and help develop Library services in Pontesbury to serve the surrounding local area
  • to develop and promote the use of the library and the value of literacy for the benefit of everyone without discrimination

The fundraising has included:

  • organising partnerships, grant applications and events to ensure ongoing revenue e.g. the Library Lottery, Co-op Community Grant
  • large scale annual events e.g. the Atlantic Ladies presentation, Mark Evans’ talk and the Grand Draw.
  • regular smaller scale events e.g. Spring Plant Sale, coffee mornings
  • working alongside existing community events e.g. Pontesbury Players’ panto raffle, Worthen Summer Fair

Developing the use of the library and promoting literacy has included:

  • hosting meetings for organisations e.g. U3A interest groups, the Dementia Awareness group
  • inviting local artists to talk about their work e.g. writer Peter Traves, sculptor Bill Sample, musical director Mary Keith, children’s author & illustrator Gill Scriven, actor & comedian Martin Jones