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Newsletter December 2016

The Library

We are continuing our recruitment process for volunteers to run the library from 1st April 17. There has been a very good response from the community and we will start our training from January.

The Community Library is still looking for residents who can spare a couple of hours each week or fortnight and who want to contribute to their community, make new friends and be at the centre of local events. If you think you might be able to help then information is available at the Library or you can email for information – sherburncommunitylibrary@gmail.com.

We are still in discussion with North Yorkshire County Council as to the exact areas of the building which we will be taking over but we hope to be able to finalise the lease in January.

We have visited all the Parish Councils whose residents use the Library and have been delighted by their support for the Community Library. Some even got their cheque books out straight away!

The Old Girl’s School

Excellent news from the application for the Tesco Bags of Help grant and the subsequent voting in the village. Our project to create a Community Garden was awarded the 1st prize with a grant of £12,000. Thanks to everyone who voted for us.

The Pamper Night in November was a success raising £267. The Calendars are selling like hot cakes and we have had to arrange for additional copies to be printed. Last few available at £5, either from the Library or Forget Me Not.

Our last fund raiser of the year is the Disco at the Social Club on December 9th. Please come and support us.

Grant Success!!

Great news that not only have we been successful with our application for a grant from TESCO Bags of Help but our project was voted by local Tesco customers to receive the highest award of £12,000.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme has seen three community groups and projects in each region awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

The public voted in store to decide which local groups should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards, 2,421 organisations from Tesco’s 400 regions up and down the UK will receive a share of the Bags of Help fund.

This will enable us to develop and landscape the area to the front of the Old Girl’s School and improve the access.

Update on progress with the Old Girl’s School – Nov 2016

Our Business Plan has been approved by NYCC so we just need to agree the terms for the lease. The building could be ours by early 2017!

We have applied for two grants this month, one for the replacement of the windows and one for equipment for the Community Café. We are hoping to hear on both before Christmas. Fingers crossed.

We need to do lots of fund raising for the Old School and two events are planned this year.

Pamper Night – 25th November 7pm at the Methodist Church

Xmas Boogie Disco – 9th December at Elmet Social Club

Please come and support us.

Progress with the Old Girl’s School – August 16

  • We have a draft lease from NYCC, but this cannot be finalised until our business plan is approved.
  • We have submitted our business plan to NYCC. It will be reviewed by NYCC in September.
  • If all goes according to plan, Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust will take over the building from 1st December.
  • We then have to get the building operational by Spring 17, this will be a community initiative, so we need help from trade people and local people who can help with the refurbishment of the building including plastering, electrics, plumbing and decorating.
  • We are applying for a number of grants to assist with the work as well as having our own fund raising activities. We have been notified that we have been successful in securing our first grant of £5,000.
  • We are also working with Selby District Council to secure funding for a Community Hub for Sherburn. This funding will be used across both buildings.

Progress at the Library – August 16

  • North Yorks County Council has accepted our business plan to take over the Library.
  • We have agreed the area which we will be able to have in the Library building as we will be sharing the space with the Children’s Centre and the 0-19 Prevention Team. We expect a draft lease from NYCC in September.
  • We will be looking to recruit volunteers over the period up to Christmas.
  • We hope to be able to open the Library on Friday afternoons in February and March, following volunteer training in January.
  • We are on course to take over the Library from 1st April 2017.

Timescale for Old Girl’s School Lease

North Yorkshire County Council have proposed the following timescale for granting a lease to the Trust for the Old Girl’s School:

Submission of a business case by the Trust by 22nd August

Notification of acceptance of the business case by 6th September

Transfer of the property by 30th November

Occupation of the property by the Trust from 1st December

The Trustees are committed to do everything possible to achieve this timetable.

Library Business Plan

The Trust submitted its Business Plan to North Yorkshire County Council in June.

It was considered by the Assessment Panel on the 7th July who recommended that the Council should now proceed with detailed negotiations with the Trust to take over responsibility for the library.

The panel commented that they were impressed with the Plan and it’s accompany appendices, which demonstrate the ambition of the group for the library and the local community, recognising that a library is more than just the books.