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Autumn Newsletter

Welcome to our autumn newsletter and no surprises that we have a number of topics to bring to your attention.

Loyalty Card Scheme

         

We welcome Karen Johnson of ‘Trinity Cakes’ to the scheme. Karen’s business is a well-established Brixham firm but has only recently moved into her Fore Street premises that for many years was a sweet shop. Karen is offering a 10% discount on any celebration cake ordered by FoBL members.

We are also pleased to confirm that following the change of ownership of ‘The West Country Deli’, their new owners Angela, Graham & Anna Mosey will be continuing to offer FoBL members a 10% discount on all purchases. This is an opportunity to formally thank Mark Chopin the previous owner for all his support whilst at the Deli’s helm and we wish him continuing success in his other business ‘Twitt Twoo’ in Union Lane who also participate in the scheme.

 

Denise from ‘Taste’ in Middle Street has confirmed that she is no longer able to offer a 10% discount on alcohol sales as this would make her sales of certain brands unviable to stock. However, concessions still apply to all her other products. So, if you haven’t called in yet do go and have a nose as you will be pleasantly surprised.

 

As we’ve said before, these offers are only available to current FoBL members and membership cards must be shown to retailers to claim a favoured discount or concession.

Beat the Street

You may have noticed that small boxes have appeared around the town in various places and these can also be found right across the bay. Delivered by Intelligent Health on behalf of Sport England and Torbay Council, this scheme running until the end of this month is to encourage people of all ages to walk, cycle or run for fun. Thus, ‘Beat the Street’ is turning Torbay into a giant game with opportunities to win prizes and discover more about the area.

Information leaflets which contain a map of all the beat Boxes and cards so that you can register online are available from Brixham Library and when joining one of the teams you might want to consider signing up for ‘The Friends of Brixham Library’ team.

There is no doubt that this is just a fun thing to do and having tried it myself whether with friends or family or both, it’s worth giving it a try.

Protect library services by ringfencing government funding for libraries.

Whilst FoBL tends not be political there is a national campaign being run at present which may be interest to some of you. It is often forgotten that the provision of our public library service is because local authorities by law must make provision as it is a statutory service. Hence, the link below and I would urge everyone to take a moment to consider the proposal because if implemented such funding could make a huge difference to the security of library services being offered right across the country.

Libraries across the country are being closed, cut back and/or outsourced to volunteers as a result of government cuts to local authority budgets. Councils are unable to keep staffed library services open when faced with the competing demands of social care, child protection etc.

Local libraries are a vital resource for the promotion of reading, literature and culture. They are a necessity for the digitally excluded who need to go online to access benefits, health, education and employment resources.

While the commitment of volunteers is welcomed, volunteer-run library services are unsustainable long-term. The government must ringfence funding to ensure councils can fulfil their statutory duty to keep libraries services available to the general public.

Sign the petition at

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/228742

 

FoBL Events

As mentioned in the last newsletter we are actively putting together a programme for next year and our thanks must go to Emma in Brixham Library who is busy beavering away on much of the detail at present.

Brixham Library Quiz Night – 9 November

This evening event is being put on by Libraries Unlimited on Friday 9 November. Doors open at 7.00 for a prompt 7.30 start. A bar will be available, and teams can enter of up to six people at £2.00 per person. However, please don’t worry if you are not part of a team as teams can be put together on the night. To ensure you or your team have a place or if you require more information please ask the Brixham Library staff or tel: 01803 853870.

 

Cosgrave & Banks in Concert on Friday 16 November in Brixham Library

Back by popular demand, this local duo is a joy to listen to and a magical evening is promised. Tickets are now available from Brixham Library and selling fast – £10.00 FoBL members and £12.00 to non-FoBL members. Each ticket includes a free drink on entry.

 

Date for the Diary: –

 

Tuesday 26 February from 7.00pm ‘Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways’ will be appearing in Brixham Library. Written and performed by Heather Wastie & Kate Saffin, this will be their first visit to Torbay and the West Country with this production. In a double bill of theatre, story, poetry and music they whisk you back to the days of WWII when a shortage of crews to keep the working boats brought a new breed of boater to the canals of England. Young women took on the challenge and this is their story.

 

So please pencil the date in your diary and as soon as tickets go on sale we will be reminding you of what promises to be an evening to remember.

 

First Friday of the Month Coffee Mornings

Many thanks for all those who supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning  on 5 October. £205 was raised, which is a fantastic result. The Library was certainly buzzing this morning, and we hope everyone who was able to come had a fun morning. Mike O’Donnell won the ‘Stick the Cherry on top of the Cake’ game, and Wendy Coote won the ‘Guess the Weight of the Cake’. Once again many thanks to all who contributed, especially Chris and her team who probably had their busiest 1st Friday yet!

Our November coffee morning on Friday 2nd November between 10.00am – 12.00 noon has two themes to the morning. Being so near to Remembrance Day, we will be selling poppies in aid of the British Legion. Izzie Lomas will be coming along with her carefully crafted poppies and a number of friends have been busy making poppies and all poppy proceeds will be given to the British Legion.

Our December coffee morning, December 7th,  will celebrate  25 years since Brixham Library officially opened in its current premises.   Over this period there have been many changes, but the library still looks as good as it did then. However, whilst not quite unique, our library in Brixham was very fortunate in that for many years staffing remained fairly constant. Thus, those familiar faces are still with us at our monthly coffee mornings for it was those individuals who were inspired to set up our coffee mornings which we all enjoy so much. Come and join the birthday celebrations.

Libraries Unlimited Coffee Morning Wednesday 10th October 10.00 – 12.00

The Library staff have asked me to remind you that its National Libraries Week next week, and as part of the celebration they are hosting a coffee morning in the Library next Wednesday. Once more some of the ex staff will be there and yet more homemade cakes to enjoy!

And Finally…..

I make no apology for quoting from an article from the August edition of the Mature Times* – issue no 312 on page 20 entitled ‘Tales from the Bookshelf’ as it encapsulates one of the strongest reasons for using libraries:

 

‘With so many new books being published every month, choosing a new book to read can be somewhat bewildering. Just identifying what genre you’re interested in can be problematic; books are not always so easily pigeon-holed.

 

So instead of agonising about reading something from the new releases list, why not re-read an old favourite or dip into the classic literary canon and try something you always meant to read but never got around to?’

 

So, there you have it. Whether you read to learn, study or just for fun, our library is an open doorway into a literary world and if what you are looking for isn’t there, Emma and her team of Helen, Sarah and Sue will be very pleased to help you. Don’t forget your current FoBL membership card entitles you to some free reservations. Happy reading….

 

*Mature Times – free copies of this regular publication are available from the library.

 

Alasdair Anderson

Chairman, The Friends of Brixham Library

October 2018

 

October Update from the Secretary

What happened in September

Skittles Evening

Our first attempt at a Skittles Evening on September  21st went down very well. Big thanks to all who supported the evening, to the staff at The Skipper, and an especial thanks goes to Richard Brown for keeping us on the straight and narrow! We raised £70.11 for FoBL funds and, just as importantly, everyone had a fun evening.

Victorian Vignette of Cockington with John Risdon

Those who attended John’s talk on the 19thSeptember enjoyed a very interesting insight into the lives of the Lord of the Manor of Cockington Court and his family during the 1870s. It gave a different view of the lives of all sections of society at that time. Many thanks to John for once more supporting the Friends with such an illuminating talk.

Upcoming Events for October

1st Friday Coffee Morning – Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 

We’d just like to remind you of the FoBL Coffee Morning to be held on the 5th October from 10.00 to 12.00 at the Library. This month we are supporting the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Please come along and bring your friends to support such a good cause – and take your chances at sticking the cherry on the cake or the guess the weight competitions.

Children’s Half Term Activities 24 October

The list is now open for the free Half Term Children’s activities. These have been very popular in the past so please put names down early so as not to be disappointed.

Cosgrave & Banks in Concert – 16th November

Tickets are now on sale for our Autumn Concert with Cosgrave and Banks. Their last concert in 2016 was a sell out and we have had many requests for their return. Please book early for your chance to experience these exceptional musicians. Admission includes a free drink!

Eunice Dodd

Secretary

August was a busy month for FoBL often behind the scenes. With holidays in full swing, this was an opportunity for FoBL to sponsor a number of holiday activities for children and young people ensuring that our library was not forgotten during the fine summer weather.

Flotsam & Jetsam Project

Whilst great progress was made in producing the first throw, sadly it is to be the last in this project. Despite several volunteers being inspired by Marion Wood’s idea the project has been put on hold for the present. However, the good news is that the finished item will be made available in the near future – possibly through holding a special raffle or auction at one of our Autumn Friday coffee mornings. On behalf of all FOBL members our thanks go to Marion and her eight crafters for all they have achieved.

Loyalty Card Scheme

Many of you will know that the owners of Bertie & Crew, Nicola & Charlie have finally sold their business, keys changing hands last week. We wish them both the very best for the future. The new owners Leanne & Tim Jones allowed themselves a mere morning to effect some minor changes before opening again. So, it’s business as usual and I’m pleased to confirm that the shop will continue to be part of our loyalty card scheme offering a 10% discount to current FoBL members.

Leanne Jones, the new owner of Bertie & Crew

We also welcome the Chloe Pavely at the Fishcombe Cove Café to the scheme. Chloe took over the business only weeks ago and has great ideas which she hopes to roll out over the coming months. So, whether you are taking a stroll through Battery Gardens or walking the Coastal Path, be sure to stop by for a cuppa and perhaps a snack as the view from the café terrace is just delightful. Chloe will make you feel very welcome and is keen to offer all FoBL members 10% off if you spend £5.00 and over.

 

 Chloe Pavely, new owner of the Fishcombe Cove Cafe

 

Reminder- Reminder- Reminder- Reminder- Reminder- Reminder- Reminder- Reminder

This is a reminder to all members that those retail outlets participating in the loyalty card scheme do this on a voluntary basis and the concessionary offer to members is their kind offer. Such offers are only available to FoBL members with a current membership card and these must be produced at the time of any purchase to avoid any embarrassment or misunderstandings. Your help in doing this would be much appreciated.

St Marys Churchyard; Cow Town Project 1850 – 1900

 

   

In the heart of Higher Brixham lies St Mary’s Church, a site that has overlooked both ‘Cow Town’ & latterly ‘Fish Town’ for hundreds of years. Over the last 18 months a group of people have been regularly meeting in the church yard to record all the names on the gravestones to once again have, as near as is possible a complete record of those who lie there. The original records were lost in the Exeter Blitz and although over the years some of the work has been accomplished, nothing to date has been done on this scale before. In this oasis of quiet, just yards away from the hustle and bustle of St Mary’s Square, it is so easy to reflect on the lives of those who are buried there. For over the years, history reveals itself behind those names, many of them so familiar and still heard today within the town. As a result of the project a new Commonwealth War Graves sign can be found in the main entrance to the churchyard signposting those who should never be forgotten. I have to confess that like many a visitor I had no idea that there were some war graves in the church yard, one dating back to 1919 and the remaining eight graves from WW2.

If you have an interest in the above lottery funded project ‘St Mary’s Church Yard – Cow Town 1850-1900’, please contact the project co-ordinator Phil Trayhorn tel: 01803 752239. Help is now required to verify and confirm the details on the records that have already been compiled. If you have any knowledge or information about family or people buried there that can be added to the information already collated, you will be welcome with open arms. Alternatively, why not go along on a Wednesday or a Saturday morning and make yourself known.

The project is also putting on an exhibition ‘Cow Town Victorian Higher Brixham’, to be found on the Ledge in the library from Friday  25 August to Friday 28 September.

 Illustration by the later Peter Archer

 

A Stitch in Time

Busy hands have been very active as they applied themselves to a project inspired by Laura Scott from ‘The Sewing Room’ to produce a splendid banner .

Coffee Morning

Just a reminder that our next ‘First Friday of the Month Coffee Mornings’ is on Friday 7 September between 10-00 – 12.00 noon. We have been really pleased with all the support you have shown, and this really is an opportunity to meet with friends, make new ones and or enjoy a cuppa with perhaps a slice of cake too. At the next coffee morning there will also be a sale of prints which could make ideal small gifts or presents with the festive period looming in the distance.

At the last coffee morning we were giving away jars for small change. We know that many of you already collect for other charities and good causes in this way but every little helps, and it is such an easy way to find a home for unwanted small change. Therefore, if you would like one, do ask at the coffee morning. If your jar is already full – bring it back and we shall be delighted to empty it for you!

Events in September

 

September brings with a number of events and activities which we hope will inspire you to book a place as follows:

  • Osprey Watch with Mike Langman on Friday 7 September, 10.00am – 12.30pm – meet by the car park at Powderham Church (£8.00 to FoBL members & £10.00 to non-FoBL members)
  • History of Acupuncture with Michael Johnson on Thursday 13 September at 10.00am in Brixham Library. (£5.00 to FoBL members & £8.00 to non-FoBL members)
  • Victorian Vignette of Cockington with John Risdon on Wednesday 19 September at 14.00pm in Brixham Library. (£5.00 to FoBL members & £8.00 to non-FoBL members)
  • Skittles at ‘The Skipper’ on Friday 21 September at 19.00pm. (£6.00 to FoBL members & £8.00 to non-FoBL members)

For further details for any of the above or to book a place please visit Brixham Library or tel: 01803 853870.

And Finally,….

As we look towards the coming of autumn, this is also the time when we start thinking about our events programme for next year. If you have any ideas of any activities or events that you have enjoyed in the past either with either FoBL or with other organisations and would like to see in our programme do let us have as much information as you can so that we can consider them for inclusion. All ideas should be handed into the library FAO, Alasdair Anderson (Events Programme Ideas 2019) and we will do our best to see how they can be incorporated.

We are also looking into the possibility of holding evening events in the library, something we have wanted to do for a long time but felt unable to do because of the cost of paying for a member of staff to be in the building. With the permission of ‘Libraries Unlimited’ this may not now be necessary and could enable many new opportunities to be created.

Secondly, if you would like to contribute to our newsletter, any contributions would be much appreciated as it would be even better if it reflected the news and views of the wider membership.

Finally, we are always looking for fund raising ideas. With everyone doing just this, if you know of a good idea that would help FoBL and even better if you would like to try an idea out for us do let us know.

Alasdair Anderson – Chairman, The Friends of Brixham Library

4 September 2018

Sewing Torbay Together – the August Embroidery Project

Are you 50 or over? Come and join us FREE Sewing Banner Sessions Every Monday in August.

There will be free creative embroidery sessions running in Brixham, Churston and Paignton libraries during August only, as this is a short term project.

A warm welcome awaits & an inspiring morning where you will connect, make friends and do some mindful sewing with our Sew Fab Community Banner project in Brixham Library. No experience required.

Contact Laura Scott 07875384744 Email : laura@the-sewing-rooms.co.uk

Sponsors of the sessions include the Design Council, Transforming Ageing, UnLtd, the Big Lottery Fund and Torbay Community Development Trust.

The organiser, Laura Scott from The Sewing Rooms, is providing help and instruction for the community to come together and create this project whilst making friends with others.

The finished panels will be joined together for exhibition in Paignton library before being separated to be exhibited in Brixham, Paignton and Torquay locations.

Mondays – 10.00 am – 12pm in Brixham Library

 

July Round Up from the Chairman

This month has been a busy one of FoBL with three events taking place. The first was a walk with Mike Langman on Ideford Common to see nightjars and glow worms. As always with Mikes walks, those who went enjoyed his incredible capacity for hearing the many different birds to be found in such special localities and a good time was had by all, despite the absence of the glow worms. If you have never tried one of these walks before they are to be recommended and you will be made most welcome.

Our annual trip on the Brixham Trawler ‘The Vigilance’ was once again enjoyed by those who went. We become so used to seeing the several heritage vessels moored down on the heritage pontoon that it is so easy to forget how lucky we are to have more than one survivor to remind us of our fishing heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

Our AGM was held on 17 July, with over 30 members being in attendance. Minutes of this meeting along with reports from the Chairman and Treasurer are available on request from our new Secretary Eunice Dodd who has stepped down as our Treasurer. After a very successful meeting, the evening continued with a talk on his adventure to Mull by local Historian John Risdon. Accompanied by some wonderful photos from his visit we were all transported to that far off place and the very different world that he visited, described so vividly by John. Our thanks once again for his continued support for FoBL and all that he does for us.

While FoBL takes a break from its activities and events over the August recess, things are still happening which may be of interest.

Once again, all libraries Torbay & Devon are participating in this year’s summer reading challenge. Along with several FREE special library events in Brixham Library, this is an opportunity for your children and grandchildren to really get involved. Children can read whatever 6 books they like – just as long as they have been borrowed from the library and receive special regards each time they finish a book. On completion of the challenge they will receive a certificate which will be presented in school by library staff. Once again FoBL has donated prizes and the winning names will be drawn in September.

Can you identify who these unruly people are with Mr Cosmo at the recent launch of ‘Mischief Makers’?

 

 

 

 

 

Our next First Friday of the month coffee morning takes place on Friday 3 August between 10.00am and 12.00 noon. These are proving to be very successful and a great way to meet up with friends; enjoy coffee and cake and visit the library too. All are welcome so do drop by and put this date in your diary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, with the success of our health walks on a Monday morning and a Tuesday afternoon we hope to start some Dementia Friendly Walks once a fortnight on a Friday morning, starting at 10.30am on Friday 3 August for a stroll around the harbour and finishing at the Brixham Steam Packet’ ‘Chart Room Café’ should anyone like to takerefreshment there. It is hope that anyone is suffering with early stages of dementia will enjoy coming along with their carers to enjoy a walk on the flat with stopping points along the way if required.

For further information about children’s activities during August, FoBL events coming up in the autumn or details about the coffee morning please ask in the library or phone 01803 853870. For further information about the dementia walks please see the information below.

Alasdair Anderson

Chairman, The Friends of Brixham Library

23 July 2018

July Update from the Chairman

A busy end of June 

This last week of June was a busy week for FoBL. On Wednesday evening they met at The Guardhouse Café on Berry Head for an evening with local duo Chris & Paul Woodhouse otherwise known as ‘Folk Inspired’.

Once again, some fantastic food was provided by Alex Foley and his crew. This popular event has become a firm favourite in the FoBL calendar and now in its third year, expectations were well and truly satisfied. As the evening finished the sunset over Berry Head and the surrounding sea was another reminder of the beauty of the area we all call home.

St Mary’s Church Project

Last Friday evening over 50 people gathered together at St Mary’s Church to find out more about the history of the churchyard and some of its inhabitants, the flora and fauna and then went for a guided walk around the inner parish. With insights into the history of the ‘Gillard’ family and the changes around the church of St Mary’s, it was a reminder that evidence of the past is still very much to be seen in our lovely buildings. These really do have their roots or should I say foundations in Saxon times and reflect the changes and gentrification over the years.

Over the last year, every Wednesday and Saturday morning a growing number of volunteers have been researching the gravestones in the churchyard of St Mary’ Church, Higher Brixham. The Friends of Brixham Library through a lottery grant entitled ‘Cow Town, St Mary’s Churchyard Project 1850 – 1900’ have been busy identifying names and dates on over 7,000 headstones, the details of which were lost were lost in the Exeter Blitz during World War II. The results of all this activity is to provide a new record which when completed will be available in due course in St Marys’ Church, Brixham Museum and in Brixham Library along with a free accessible record on the internet. As information and photographs are collated this will provide detailed records of those names identified and about the lives that they lead rather than just a list of names.

The project still has a further year to go. So, if you have an interest in finding out more and wish to help whether it be that you have an interest in your own family history; a general interest in the history of the parish of Higher Brixham or just in the work being undertaken please contact Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham, TQ5 8EU, tel: 01803 853870 or checkout the projects Facebook page.

A June tradition – Afternoon tea

On Saturday afternoon and two FoBL members kindly offered to provide an afternoon tea in their garden overlooking the town. Set in the heart of Brixham, this oasis of calm and peaceful is hidden from the hustle and bustle below.

Once again, FoBL members turned out for this fund-raising event to help provide some comfortable chairs for library events.

Coming Soon

Forthcoming events in July include an evening bird watch on Ideford Common with local ornithologist Mike Langman; a morning trip on the Brixham Trawler ‘Vigilance’ and at the FoBL AGM, a talk by local historian John Risdon on his recollections of the north of Mull. If you would like to know more about becoming a member of FoBL or about their events please contact Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham, TQ5 8EU or tel: 01803 853870.

Alasdair Anderson

Chairman, The Friends of Brixham Library

 

June Update from the Chairman

Coffee Morning

It may be the beginning of the month but already FoBL has been busy. Last Friday morning (1 June) at the ‘First Friday of the Month’ Coffee Morning, as well as serving coffee and cake, a sale of scarves was held raising £167.98 for FoBL funds. With summer holidays already on the horizon, these funds will help to provide materials for the children’s activities being held over the summer holidays. Please ask in the library for further details. Our thanks go to all who helped on the day, provided cakes and to Sue Anderson for running the scarf sale. If there is something you would like to see as a way of raising funds at a future coffee morning do let us know as all ideas are welcome. If you’ve not been before do come along to our next coffee morning on Friday 6 July between 10.00 and 12.00 noon where you will be made very welcome. It’s an opportunity to meet up with friends, make new ones and enjoy a natter over coffee and cake.

Loyalty Card Scheme

We welcome a new participant to the scheme – Denise from ‘Taste’ in Middle Street, Brixham. Denise is offering all FoBL members a 10% discount on all purchases made in the shop whether it be cheese, wine, food or gifts and we sure that there will be something to entice everyone from such a wide range of goods.

We are very sorry to say farewell to ‘Millie & Me’ in King Street, Brixham from the scheme but wish the owners Sophie and James Bower a very happy future in whatever they will be doing now the shop has closed.

Please remember that discounts will only be honoured in participating retailers on production of a current FoBL membership so if you haven’t renewed your membership for the current year please do by visiting Brixham Library for a renewal form. If you would prefer to set up a standing order to make this annual payment of £5.00 you can now do so.

Forthcoming Events

We have several events and activities towards the end of the month and next month. To avoid any disappointment please book a place by visiting the library or telephoning 01803 853870. Events include:

 

Evening at Berry Head Guardhouse Café with Folk Inspired on Wednesday 27 June between 6.00pm and 9.00pm. This includes a meal (vegetarian option is available) at £10.00 for FoBL members and £12.00 to non-FoBL Members.

Cream Tea in a local members garden, overlooking the heart of the town on Saturday 30 June starting at 3.00pm. Tickets cost £10.00 for FoBL members and £12.00 for non-FoBL members.

Birdwatching with Mike Langman on Wednesday 4 July between 8.00pm and 10.00pm meeting on Ideford Common, Haldon car Park in search of Nightjars and Glow Worms. Pre booking is essential and this activity costs £5.00 to FoBL members and £7.00 to non-FoBL members.

Sailing Trip on the Vigilance on Saturday 14 July between 9.30am and 1.00pm. This trip enables those who have never been to enjoy sailing on Brixham Trawler and those who also wish to help the crew will be able to do so. Numbers are restricted and the trip costs £20.00 to FoBL members and £25.00 to non-FoBL members.

AGM with a talk by local personality John Risdon on Tuesday 17 July starting at 6.15 pm until 8.30pm. This is a free evening with refreshments being made available during the evening.

 

Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, The Friends of Brixham Library

5 June 2018

Bluebells are Blooming

On Wednesday evening (25.4) a small group from the Friends of Brixham Library lead by Mike Langman, did a walk through Long Wood, near Noss Marina. The path took us through a carpet of bluebells still waiting to show themselves at their best but looking so beautiful under the impressive oak hanging on the side of the Dart Estuary. Mike frequently stopped to point out the many songs of the bird population from robins to blackbirds and black caps to wrens in their ‘dusk chorus’. Of special interest were the Goldcrests and Firecrests, the latter only recently discovered in this local habitat. the group were also entertained to an aerial display from four buzzards as they took advantage of the evening thermal currents.

 

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Libraries Unlimited – a new era for Brixham Library

Bob Clark, Executive Head of Information Services, Torbay Town Council has provided the following update  on the contract with Libraries Unlimited, who are now operationally delivering the Torbay Library service.

Torbay Libraries are entering into an exciting new chapter as Devon-based charity Libraries Unlimited takes to the helm to run all four libraries on behalf of Torbay Council. As of 1 April 2018, Libraries Unlimited is responsible for running the libraries in Torquay, Brixham, Paignton and Churston through a five-year contract with the council.
Torbay Council and Libraries Unlimited have been working closely together over the past few months in the run up to the handover, and library staff from across Torbay become employees of the charity from 1 April 2018. All four libraries across the Bay will remain open with the same opening hours and will be professionally staffed.
Libraries Unlimited were appointed as the preferred provider late in 2017, due to their experience of successfully running Devon Libraries on behalf of Devon County Council, and their national reputation for innovation. They will be bringing their community focused services, digital inclusion, health and wellbeing offering to Torbay Libraries, as well as offering access to a wealth of information and resources.
Libraries Unlimited will continue to work closely with the council to ensure all existing services continue to operate smoothly over the next five years. Over time, the charity aims to implement a more integrated library service that will offer extended services and resources, for both Devon Libraries and Torbay Libraries users.
Libraries Unlimited is committed to making financial savings and ensuring the sustainability of the service. The charity will need to make savings of £800,000 over the duration of the contract, as well as securing additional sources of income and ensuring the libraries are operating as efficiently as possible.
For your information, the telephone numbers for the libraries are remaining unchanged but email addresses have changed. The new email  for Brixham Library is: brixham.library@librariesunlimited.org.uk
To find out more about Libraries Unlimited visit www.librariesunlimited.org.uk, follow on Twitter @LibrariesUnLtd or on Facebook.com/LibrariesUnlimited.
All information about Torbay Libraries can be found at: www.torbay.gov.uk/libraries

Storm damage at Shoalstone Pool

Shoalstone Pool took a major beating from the high winds and waves of Storm Emma. Railings torn off, damage to the surrounding wall and doors wrenched off their hinges, the kiosk seemed to end up over by the Breakwater Bistro. The damage has been estimated at £20,000 and so there are a number of fundraising events and activities taking place in the town in the hopes that the pool can be fixed and ready to open in May for the summer season. If you would like to donate then please go to the fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/shoalstonepool