Newsletter May 2017

Sherburn & Villages Community Library

Our volunteers now have a month’s experience of running the community library under their belts and everyone is gaining confidence and enjoying interacting with the customers. Thanks to everyone for their hard work and to the customers for their understanding whilst we learn the ropes.

During May we should receive our new coffee machine. It is a bean to cup machine, so the quality will be much higher and there should be a lovely aroma of coffee pervading the library. Tea will be provided via enveloped tea bags, so again will be of higher quality. For regular users there are loyalty cards – buy 6 get your 7th free.

We are holding a number of events in the coming months:-

Saturday May 27th – come and find all about 3D printing. From 10.30 to 11.30am. Tickets £3 to include refreshments. Limited numbers so please book a place at the Library

Saturday 17th June – Children’s Craft Event. Come and make Venetian masks. All materials supplied. Tickets £3.50 each or 2 for £5.

During June we will be holding our first Digital Neighbours training – helping people onto their first steps of accessing computers and the internet. We are holding 3 initial sessions on Friday 2nd June, 9th June and 16th June, from 10.30am to 11.30am in the Library. Chris Halloran is running the sessions supported by some of the other IT Buddies. Sessions are free and numbers are limited to 6 per session. Book places via the Library. The topics are:-

1. An introduction to different types of equipment—laptops, tablets, e-readers
2. Getting starting on searching the internet
3. How to print documents

From July we will again have the Summer Reading Challenge for our younger readers – more details in the next newsletter.

We now have a room upstairs which is available to hire out for meetings at a cost of £15 per session. A session is either morning or afternoon. Please book via the library.
The Old Girls’ School

The lease for the Old School became effective from 1st April, so at last we now have our hands on the building. The first work has started on the building with the removal of asbestos. The next steps will be to start on the flat roof over the toilet block and to refurbish the toilets.

British Gypsum has very kindly agreed to supply insulation and plasterboard free of charge. We are also applying for a grant to help with the cost of the building work, which we will hear about in June.

We are going to be letting the old classroom behind the main building and this will be opening in September as Kirkgate Childcare, offering places to children aged 2 to 5. For more information please contact Dawn Stevenson, Nursery Manager on 07922038597 or

The publicity about the Community Cinema had generated a huge amount of interest on social media. Please remember to register on line at the Co-op for this to be your preferred charity for the next 6 months, so we can maximise the 1% donation to local causes.

We need help from the community to make this fantastic old building into a community centre to meet the growing needs of our villages. If you are a local trades person who can offer to help with the refurbishment or you are willing to help with decorating or general volunteering, please get in touch with Allyson Chambers or Tel 01977 681670

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