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

 

The Library Coffee Morning is the place to be!!

On the first Friday of every month, The Friends of Brixham Library are now holding a coffee morning. As a regular fund raiser, everyone is welcome between 10.00am and 12.00 noon with coffee or tea being served and cake and biscuits  too. So why not pop your head around the door; arrange to meet up friends or relatives there or perhaps go along to make new friends too. At the same time, it is a wonderful opportunity to look for a book, borrow a CD or DVD for the weekend or just enjoy using the library for a quiet morning browse. Chairman of the Friends, Alasdair Anderson,  said ‘our coffee mornings have been a great success with lots of people turning out to enjoy a natter over a cup of coffee. The library makes a great stop off place if you’re out in town shopping and a great place to arrange to meet people too’. So why don’t you make this a regular date in your diary?

Brixham Bay Walks

The Friends of Brixham Library have agreed to be the sponsoring organisation for the two weekly Brixham walks for ‘Walking for Health’. Both walks are free and it is not necessary to become a Friend of Brixham Library to join either of the walks on a regular basis. Under the new banner of Brixham Bay Walks they will continue to encourage this regular activity both as a social opportunity and as a help and an encouragement on the route back to good and better health. Both walks have been in existence for about 15 years and FoBL’s involvement is to ensure that they continue for the benefit of the people of the Brixham area.http://friendsofbrixhamlibrary.org/walks/

FoBL Loyalty Scheme Rewards list

We are pleased to advise that FlourFlower at 40 Middle Street will be offering on Tuesdays only until 12 midday, 2 small coffees or teas with the lower priced one being free.  They join the following list of shops offering a discount to loyalty scheme members.

10% off items purchased at:

Another Chapter – 13 The Quay, Brixham

Bertie & Crew – Brixham Marina, Prince William Quay

Chris Slack Photography – The Quay, Brixham

Inspirations, 4 The Quay, Brixham

Liberty, 11 The Quay, Brixham

Millie and Me, 1 King Street, Brixham

The Guardhouse Café, Berry Head.

The West Country Deli, 45 Fore Street, Brixham

Twit Twoo, Union Lane, Brixham

The Hideaway Tearooms, Beach Approach, Brixham (minimum £10 spend)

Other offers, ask in store –  Latitude, 71 Fore Street, Brixham

 

Centenary Celebration at Brixham Library and Museum

On the day the country commemorated the ‘lights going out’ in memory of the fallen in WW1, the Friends of Brixham Library celebrated the 100 year centenary with the opening of an exhibition on The Ledge in Brixham library and new exhibits in Brixham Museum.

The Friends of Brixham Library have been instrumental in achieving £8,100 of funding from the Heritage Lottery for this project, to celebrate the centenary of the First World War and its impact on Brixham at that time.

The project has been led by Phil Trayhorn, Secretary of the Friends of Brixham Library. Under his guidance a wide group of organisations have been brought together to raise awareness of the horror of war and to commemorate local men who fought.

Jane Barnaby, Chair of the Council, cut the ribbon to unveil The Ledge – a triptych scale model showing Brixham volunteers taking the Kings shilling, their time in the Devon’s Regiment – both in the trenches and at the battle of the Somme. Finally we see a modern family reflecting on the names engraved on the Brixham war memorial. The carpet of poppies was made by local school children. Barbara Dawes, of Brixham Quilters, created the butterfly ‘postcard home’ and the oil painting backdrop was painted by Oscar Law, a Churston Grammar School student. An anthology of Remembrance poems has been compiled by youngsters at Brixham College and beautifully illustrated by Peter Archer. Dan Trezise, a year 9 student, was also present; he was chosen as the prize winning poet