Coronavirus (COVID-19): Library closure

Last updated 23/03/2020, 12:30.

Due to Coronavirus, Sherburn & Villages Community Library is closed until further notice.

All loans have been extended to 30th June and no fines will be issued. There is no need to contact us to renew.

If you need to contact the library there is one central number: 01609 533878.

We will provide further updates here and on the Sherburn & Villages Community Library Facebook page.

Online services

Access digital books, magazines and newspapers while we are closed using the following links


There is no need to contact us to renew; no fines will be issued.

Telephone: 01609 533878 (central number for all library enquiries during closure)

Treasurer vacancy

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust seeks to recruit a new Trustee as Treasurer (this is an unpaid position).

The Trust

The Community Trust manage two buildings. The historic Old Girls’ School, built in 1876, was saved from probable demolition and in September 2018 opened as a Community Centre. This was mainly due to the Community Trust’s successful bid for Lottery Funding. The Centre, which provides a variety of facilities for our growing population. employs a Manager, two Co-ordinators, a cleaner and a caretaker, all supported by a Management Group. We also manage the library which was likely to close unless it became a community library, staffed and run by volunteers. In April 2017 we opened our doors as Sherburn & Villages Community Library with a team of 70 volunteers. We have been successful in providing more than just books with services, meeting space, social and recreational activity and a community hub, servicing Sherburn and the surrounding area. We also employ a Community Development Manager who is responsible for maintaining community services and the production of a community newsletter which is published 6 times per annum.

The Role


Our Board of Trustees recently undertook a skills audit and identified the need for a Trustee with financial or accounting experience, who can provide an overview of the organisation’s affairs and ensure its financial viability.  Trustees attend monthly meetings, with the Treasurer required to submit a monthly report of the Trusts’ finances.

The responsibilities will include:

  • Oversee the financial responsibilities of the Trusts’ commitments
  • Prepare budgets and accounts for three ledgers, including forecasts for the financial resources required for current and future needs
  • Ensure the Board of Trustees is aware of its financial responsibilities and appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • Preparing financial accounts for three ledgers
  • Ensure the accounts and financial systems are audited as required by law and the Charities Commission
  • Liaise with the volunteer Bookkeeper who administers the general finances of the Trust
  • Liaise with the auditors/independent examiners

The Trust is financially secure, with both facilities proving to be very successful in meeting forecasts and budgets.  The Trust meets once a month, on an evening, with Trustees providing a number of skill sets to the benefit of the Trust and the Community it serves.

The Trustees are all committed to the success of the Community Centre and the Library and are passionate that they will continue to flourish and be a success.  This is an opportunity to join an enthusiastic group, where members are encouraged to participate in open discussions for the benefit of the future of the facilities and the local community.

To express an interest in this role or find out more, please email

Logos for Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust, Old Girls School Community Centre, and Sherburn & Villages Community Library

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Charity Reg.No: 1166770.

Community Library shares in the Big Co-op Payout

When Co-op members shop with at their local store, 1% of what they spend on selected Co-op branded products and services goes to support local causes through their Local Community Fund.

This year Sherburn & Villages Community Library is one of the causes to benefit and on Saturday 23rd November they were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £4150 by Co-op staff.

Paul Doherty, who chairs Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust and the Library Management Group, commented “The Co-op have always been great supporters of local causes and we were delighted to receive this cheque which helps to ensure the future of our local library, which is a great community asset”.

L to R: Elliott Marshall (Co-op), Paul Doherty (Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust)

Donate as you shop with Amazon Smile

You shop. Amazon gives.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Support Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust by starting your shopping at

Link to Amazon Smile website

Other retailers also give a small commission when you start shopping on the easyfundraising website – see this page for more details and how to support us – again, no cost, no catch to you but donations for us!

Notice: Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust 2019 AGM

Notice of the Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust (SIECT) 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Date: 25th November 2019
Time: 6pm
Venue: The Old Girls’ School Community Centre, 18 Kirkgate, Sherburn in Elmet, LS25 6BL

For further information or intention to attend please contact Andrew Potts, Secretary Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust, on

Sherburn in Elmet 2020 Calendar

What every wall is longing for: a calendar for 2020 with fantastic photographs of Sherburn in Elmet. This could make the perfect present!

Calendars cost £5 each with profits going to support The Old Girls’ School Community Centre. They are available to buy from:

  • Sherburn & Villages Community Library
  • The Little Teapot Tearoom
  • The Old Girls’ School Community Centre
BOTTOM: striking cover image. TOP: back of calendar summarising the photos each month.

For any questions, please email The Old Girls School at

Prize Draw in aid of Old Girls’ School

The Prize Draw is currently suspended. Please call Sarah Kay (Centre Manager) on 07731745057 for any queries.

A monthly prize draw was launched on 1st September 2019 to raise funds for the Old Girls’ School Community Centre. The prizes are:

Prize Draw is in aid of The Old Girls’ School Community Centre in Sherburn in Elmet.
  • 1st Prize £300
  • 2nd Prize £200
  • 3rd Prize £100

Tickets cost £1 each for entry into the draw that month and can be purchased from:

  • The Old Girls’ School Community Centre
  • The Little Teapot Tearoom
  • Fields Garden Centre
  • Oddfellows
  • The Wheatsheaf
  • Gingers Hairdressers
  • South Milford British Legion Club

Terms and conditions are shown at the end of this page.


March 2020 winners

We regret to inform you that due to the current situation, we will NOT be holding the Monthly Prize Draw this month – due on Saturday 28th March.
We would like to offer refunds to anyone who has purchased tickets for the March Draw.
Please call Sarah Kay (Centre Manager) on 07731745057 to arrange a time to collect your refund. Please bring your Draw Ticket with you as proof of purchase.
Any monies not refunded by 31st March will be put into general funds for the running of the Centre.
We hope to resume the Monthly Prize Draw later in the year and we will inform you when tickets are back on sale.
Thank you for your support.

February 2020 winners

First prize £300 – Ann, ticket number 2777
Second Prize £200 – Dan Sutcliffe, ticket number 2245
Third Prize £100 – Mytum & Selby, ticket number 3134

January 2020 winners

There was no draw in January. Any ticket sales during January will be included in February.

December 2019 winners

First prize £300 – Emma Turner, ticket number 4737
Second Prize £200 – Mytum & Selby, ticket number 2481
Third Prize £100 – Mr Sutcliffe, ticket number 3179

November 2019 winners

First Prize £300 – Sandra Lewis, ticket number 4864
Second Prize £200 – Paul Romans, ticket number 1518
Third Prize £100 – Jenny Bennett, ticket number 1124

October 2019 winners

First Prize £300 – Gary Stretton, ticket number 4754
Second Prize £200 – Lian Copeman, ticket number 0672
Third Prize £100 – Mandy Gundhill, ticket number 2969

September 2019 winners

First prize £300 – Mandy Gundhill, ticket number 0866
Second Prize £200 – Andy, ticket number 0156
Third Prize £100 – Anne Gray, ticket number 0777

Terms & Conditions

Prize Draw Terms and Conditions (PDF document).

The promoter is Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust who are registered under the Gambling Act 2005 with Selby District Council. All profits from the prize draw go to The Old Girls’ School Community Centre, which is operated by Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust, registered charity number 1166770.


For any questions about the draw, please email or call the Old Girls’ School on 01977 685178.