Brixham Library and FoBL played their part in the D-Day commemorations last week with a fine exhibition put on by Phil Trayhorn, Paul Bennett and museum items borrowed by Brixham Library staff. Our activities culminated in the 1940s coffee morning complete with Bare Cupboard Cake and served by the land girls crew! Well done to all staff and volunteers who entered so wholeheartedly into the Library events. John Brennan, Chairman of Brixham Futures, has thanked all the organisations, retail outlets et al in Brixham for bringing together nine days of activities and events to commemorate D-Day, a fitting tribute to the community spirit in the town.
D-Day Coffee Morning
Our next coffee morning is on Friday 7 May between 10.00 – 12.00 noon. As Brixham remembers the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, our theme this month will be ‘Brixham back to the 1940’s’. We are delighted that Debs Ellis & Kim Wilson will be singing a 1940’s medley of songs round about 11.00am for us. There will also be a D-Day Exhibition on the Ledge which opened on Saturday 1 June 2019 and no doubt there will be other surprises during the morning.
A couple of 1940s recipes borrowed from Carolyn Ekins, The 1940’s Experiment
- 6 oz self-raising flour
- 3 oz margarine
- 3 oz sugar
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1/4-pint milk
- 4 oz dried mixed fruit
- Cream the margarine and sugar
- Sift the flour
- Pour milk into a basin and add the vinegar and bicarb of soda and the mixture will froth a bit
- Add this mixture and the sifted flour a bit at a time into the sugar/margarine mixture until all blended then add the dried fruit
- Pour into a greased and floured 1lb loaf tin and cook for about 45 minutes at 180C until golden brown all over.
Lord Woolton Pie
This was named after Frederick Marquis, 1st Lord Woolton (1883-1964), who became Minister of Food in 1940.
- Various in season veggies like swedes, turnips, potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, leeks, onions, carrots
- Potatoes for mashing
- Flour, butter and milk for sauce
- Strong grated cheddar cheese
- Herbs such as sage or thyme for sauce
- Peel washed potatoes (save peelings to bake in oven with salt and herbs)
- Dice potatoes and cook in salted water until soft
- Mash with butter, a little milk and add salt
- Peel, wash and dice in season veggies as applicable and boil until nearly cooked
- Drain and place in pie dish
- Make sauce – Use dessert spoon of butter and melt in pan, add two dessert spoons of flour and mix and slowly add in milk, keep stirring. Add salt and herbs and pepper
- Pour thick sauce over the vegetables
- Put mashed potato in piping bag (baggy with a hole in the corner)
- Pipe over the top of veggies and sauce
- Finish by placing some grated cheese over the top
- Place in oven at 220 C for around 30 minutes until the potatoes have browned
One of our members has written the following poem describing her wartime experiences from 1942. With the family men away because of the war in these few words Julie conveys the worry and uncertainty of that long forgotten age.
Under the Stairs (1942)
The unexploded bomb imbedded in the Green
had sought us out – invaded our village,
at our door, a policeman urged departure.
We trudged the half mile to Grandma’s –
evacuees – food and pyjamas in baskets.
That night brought another raid
we sheltered huddled together –
wrapped in blankets, gas masks ready.
My Mother sang her siren song of sleep
held us tight, none came that night
women and children afraid in the dark.
Dad away, Grandpa on duty at the Hall
Why wasn’t he at home guarding us?
Outside searchlights crossed the sky –
gunfire like thunder, thuds and crashes
every window rattled, walls shuddered –
I shut my eyes and said my prayers,
Over and over again under the stairs.
Julie M. Harris
Farewell to Helen
We were all sorry to hear that Helen will be leaving us at the end of May as she takes up work in the health sector again. Helen has proved to be wonderful member of staff bringing energy and vitality to the library in her short time there. She has undertaken a number of resuscitation workshops for us and hopes to come back and continue to provide these very popular and useful courses. Unfortunately the course last week had to be cancelled, but Helen aims to reschedule it shortly. We will let you know when this has be arranged.
Summer Reading Challenge 2019
Emma, our local Brixham Library Manager writes:
We are trying to look ahead to our summer reading challenge and activities. Please could FoBL members save and drop into the library any of the following items:
- Empty 2 litre plastic bottles
- Boxes (big enough to cut a hole in and put a child’s head in) we are all about space this year in the summer reading challenge and we would like to make all the children little astronauts!
- Any interesting rocks they may find on the beach!
- And if anyone could donate kitchen foil – this would be amazing!
- Also, anything we could use to make a really big rocket 🚀 that will be in the library throughout the summer.
- Your help will make a difference to activities in the library over the summer period.
During one of our regular catch up meetings with Eleanor & Emma (Libraries Unlimited), with two new staff joining the Brixham crew in the near future, those left behind are feeling the pinch a little bit. We are now looking for a volunteer to act as our Events Co-Ordinator for FoBL. As well as acting as our link between Brixham Library staff and FoBL, this will be an opportunity to help with organising events both before and on the day. At the same time, the committee are in the main willing to help where they can so whoever takes over this role really won’t feel that they are on their own. For an informal discussion about what is involved please feel you can contact me (Alasdair – tel: 01803 850255).
Unfortunately, the event on Wednesday 5 June entitled ‘London- The Tales behind the Statues’ has been cancelled due to insufficient interest.
Evening at The Guardhouse Café with Harping Mad Wednesday 19 June 6.00pm – 9.00pm – this a date for your diary as we return once again for a delightful Greek themed evening. Music will be provided by Susie & Bill Trezise. Tickets cost £15.00 -FoBL members & £18.00 – Non-FoBL members and must be bought in advance, the last available date for purchase being Monday 10 June. For further information visit Brixham Library where you can purchase your tickets.
Boules & Finger Buffet – Berry Head Hotel Thursday 4 July from 6.00pm – If you have a competitive streak or just like to join in a bit of fun, then why not come along and join the Friends for an evening of boules. Previous experience is not required. The event will be hosted at the Berry Head Hotel and after games have finished there will be a finger buffet. Tickets cost £11.00 for FoBL members & £12.50 for Non-FoBL members and must be purchased in advance by Wednesday 26 June. All are welcome and to secure a place please make your booking in the library.
Sailing trip on the Vigilance – Saturday 14 July 9.30am – 1.00pm – this has become an annual event as numbers are limited but allows FoBL members & their friends an opportunity to experience sailing on one of Brixham very own fishing trawlers under sail. Tickets cost £23.00 for FoBL members & £26.00 for non-FoBL members and must be purchased in advance by Saturday 6 July. No previous experience is required, and you can either join in working alongside the crew or just enjoy a trip aboard. Wind & waterproof apparel along with rubber soled shoes are advised. Once again if you require further information please ask in the library.
Watering our plants
Following our request for help last month with help to water our planters outside the library, Marian Parker has received two offers of help with the watering. Thanks to both Sue & Yvonne for keeping an eye on the planters. However, should we be lucky and have another scorcher of a summer any further volunteers would be most welcome as well as spreading the load.
… and finally
The following cartoon was recently brought to my attention. Whilst not specifically aimed at libraries it is a reminder that libraries can be fun for both children and young people and take them into so many imaginable new worlds.
Please address any contributions
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Pop into the Library this Saturday (1st) at 11 am for the official launch of the library exhibition relating to D-Day and Brixham’s week of commemoration. Cllr. Jill Regan, Chair of Brixham Town Council has kindly agreed to come along and say a few words. The launch will just be a simple 15 minute ceremony to kick off the town’s activities. Brixham played a major part in D-Day as the gathering and launch point for the South West armada, and there are many who remember the morning they woke up to a harbour filled with all the boats that had been hidden among the estuaries and inlets of Devon and Cornwall.
WBW Launch Brixham Legal Surgery
WBW Solicitors are launching a free legal surgery in partnership with Brixham Library.
Surgeries will take place on the first Wednesday of every month between 10:30am and 12:30pm at Brixham Library.
These sessions require no financial obligation and are designed to provide local residents with some free legal advice and guidance.
Lisa Stanton, Chartered Legal Executive and private client specialist said: “By holding these informal free legal surgeries, we hope that we can support local people with any legal queries they might have. We can explain their legal position and put them in touch with the right person to resolve any issues.”
WBW Solicitors delivers a full range of legal services including Wills, trust and probate, tax advice, residential conveyancing, family, personal injury, medical negligence and motoring offences. It also offers litigation, employment law, company commercial, commercial property and financial services, as well as a dedicated team of farm and estate, and food & drink specialists.
For further information or to reserve your slot, please contact a member of the Brixham Library Reception Team on 01803 853870.
Our next coffee morning is on Friday 3 May between 10.00 – 12.00 noon. Being the start of the Pirate Weekend, our local shanty crew ‘Missin’ Tackle’ will be along to sing a few shanties and sea songs from about 10.30am. So why not come along and join in some rousing songs as well as enjoying some coffee & cake.
Farewell to Sue
At the last coffee morning there was an opportunity for folks to say their farewells to Sue Pitman who is leaving to work just around the corner for Brixham Does Care. Sue has been working in Brixham Library for 14 years now. In recognition for all her hard work and help she has given library users over the years, FoBL have given her a Marks & Spencer’s voucher as their way of saying thank you. She will be missed but her smile and good nature will stay with her and after all she’s only just around the corner and has threatened to come along and enjoy coffee with us once a month.
Finally, thanks to all who supported the last coffee morning raising over £200.00 for FoBL funds. Whether you bought plants, refreshments or did your bit as part of the coffee morning crew, thank you for enabling such a terrific result.
Coach trip to the Eden Project, Cornwall
There are still some vacant spaces for this day trip on Thursday 23 May 2019. To avoid any disappointment please book your coach seat(s) in the library. The costs include the price of the coach and the £26 entrance fee into the Eden Project.
Senior members £26.50; adult members £30.50
Senior non-members £29.50; adult non-members £30.50
The pick-up is from Brixham Library leaving at 8.30am and it is hoped that the coach will be back in Brixham for 16.00pm. This is a first for FoBL as we have never organised a coach trip before, but we are hopeful it will be the first of many future day trips away.
Two very kind volunteers are now helping with regular watering of the plants outside the library. If anyone else can find 10-15 minutes to help with this task to keep the boxes looking at their best, your help would still be much appreciated as ‘many hands make light work’. For further information please contact Marian Parker as she is kindly organising this for us – tel: 01803 855130.
Loyalty Card Scheme
We are very pleased to welcome the Brixham Steam Packet Company to our list of participating retailers. Any purchases made by FoBL Members in The Brixham Steam Packet over the value of £100.00 will entitle them to a 10% discount on their purchases. If you have an interest in ocean liner memorabilia or things nautical, then this is a shop that will interest you and the owner Bob Higginson will be delighted to show you around. It’s a great place to take your visitors and like an emporium there is a lot to look at and enjoy returning to a bygone age of the sea and maritime traditions.
Please note this discount does not apply to any purchases made in the Chart Room First Class Coffee Lounge.
… and finally
When was the last time you took five minutes for yourself? As the days are getting longer and lighter, this is the perfect time to steal away, step into the library, borrow a book and relax. Whether it’s with a lunchtime sandwich, a post-work or evening moment or a weekend treat, we know that spending time with a book will make you feel good.
We’re always on the lookout for good copy for the monthly update. So, if you have something to say about library matters, books or ideas for future events do drop us a line.
Please address any contributions
F.A.O. The Editor, Friends Matter, Brixham Library and either hand to a member of Brixham Library staff, pop into the FoBL post-box or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to another edition of our regular newsletter from The Friends of Brixham Library. This is an opportunity to remind you that annual subscriptions are now due. If you haven’t made use of our standing order facility, it is available for you to use and helps to overcome the annual worry of whether you have paid or not for the coming year. For £5.00 we hope that you will agree it is tremendous value for money and this is soon redeemed through our loyalty card scheme with a variety of local retailers as well as library offers in the form of free reservations or loan of DVD’s.
New data protection laws mean we need your permission to stay in touch, even if you’ve given us permission before. Thus, at the end of this newsletter you’ll find there’s a form to complete.
This is also an opportunity to ask you all to help spread the word about The Friends of Brixham Library in the hope that you can persuade friends, family and neighbours to join us. With our on-going events programme and the many events now being organised and planned by Brixham Library staff as well, we hope that there is something of interest for everyone. If anyone has any doubts about joining, why not get them to come along to our regular first Friday of the month coffee morning, the next being on Friday 5 April between 10.00 – 12.00 noon where you will be sure of a warm welcome. We will be holding a plant sale and what better place to enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and a piece of cake too, all for only £1.50.
- Easter Trail – 9th& 16th April 3.00pm – 4.00pm – Come along and make an Easter basket and then find the eggs to put in your basket. Stories & craft included. BOOKING is essential for this event.
- Children’s Easter Holiday Craft Activity – Wednesday 10 April & Thursday 17 April between 10.30am – 11.30am. This is a FREE fun-filled activity with stories and crafts and an opportunity to have fun in their library.
- Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – Thursday 11th & 18th April 11.00am – 12.00 noon – Come and enjoy Easter Bonnet making and decorating cupcakes, followed by stories and refreshments.
BOOKING is essential for this event.
- World Book Night Poetry Workshop – Thursday 25 April 10.30am – 12.30pm Join award winning poet Suzy Miles for a poetry workshop to celebrate World Book Night. Suzy has run workshops as part of the FoBL programme for the last few years. Be inspired to write poetry, whether it’s your first time or not, or just come along and enjoy poetry at its best. There will be free Books and refreshments. FREE for FoBL members & £3.00 for non-FoBL members.
- Bingo – Brixham Library is hosting a fund-raising Library Prize Bingo Night on Friday 26th April. Doors open at 6.45pm- eyes down at 7.15pm. A bar and raffle will be available. It is £5 a ticket and this will include all games!
- Visit to the Eden Project – Thursday 23 May. Join FoBL members for a coach trip to the Eden project, leaving Brixham at 8.30am and estimated return time of 4.00pm. The cost of the ticket includes return coach travel and entrance fee in to the Eden Project. This is priced at £26.50 for Senior FoBL members, £30.50 for FoBL members, £29.50 for Senior Non-FoBL members & £30.50 for Adult Non-FoBL members.
Please note we have a change of date for our AGM which is now being held a week earlier than previously planned on Tuesday 16 July 2019 starting at 6.15pm. This is an opportunity for you have your say on FoBL matters and we are now planning a Gin tasting to follow the AGM.
To avoid disappointment for any of the above events early booking is advised either by visiting the library or phoning 01803 853870.
Cowtown Exhibition, St Mary’s Church Higher Brixham
Last Saturday, Brixham folks focussed on the activities in St Mary’s Church, Higher Brixham. This was the launch of an exhibition illustrating the activities and work on the two-year Lottery funded project organised by The Friends of Brixham Library. As the project approaches its end; the history of the church; its burial grounds and the inhabitants from the past are all celebrated and commemorated. The present church dates back to 14th-15th century being a fine building of red sand stone. With photographs, maps and much data collection, this is far more than just listings of names and dates but brings the histories of individuals both prominent and lowly to life, as well as presenting reconstructions of everyday life in Higher Brixham and beyond. The centrepiece of the exhibition is that of a model of the Church as it was in 1862 undertaken by local model maker Paul Bennett. This very talented and skilled modeller has made this model to exacting scale standards of the church; the former cottages which formed the entrance, now in ruins and the graveyard with its many individual headstones and burial monuments as they would have looked all those years ago. The exhibition is on view on Saturdays between 10.00am and 12.30pm and on Wednesdays between 11.30 -12.30 until the week before Easter in St Mary’s Church. For more information please check the Friends of Brixham Library Facebook page.
The above work has involved 100 volunteers over the two-year period to bring together what will become a digital archive of the history of Higher Brixham. This could not have happened without the management, guidance and hard work of the project leader and organiser, Phil Trayhorn. He has tirelessly guided and steered the group, meeting with his fellow helpers every Wednesday and Saturday morning as the recording of data from the graveyard has taken place. The town indeed owes its grateful thanks for the work of all those involved.
Help with our Planters Please
Marian Parker, who many of you will know from her years working in Brixham Library, is looking for some help in keeping our planters in the front of the library watered and kept tidy. Ideally, she would like to set up a rota so that the work isn’t onerous for those involved. Anyone who is interested in helping to keep them looking fresh and looking at their best can do so by contacting Marian direct by mail to email@example.com. Alternatively, please leave a note with your name, address and telephone in the library marked for Marian’s attention.
Reading stories to your child
Reading stories to your child can help improve their imagination, communication and is a great way to settle down for bed. We are very fortunate in having such a lovely Children’s Library here in Brixham and access is totally free. So whatever age you are, let’s encourage all our children to make use of and get the best out of this wonderful resource. Whether you be a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle or even a neighbour of friend, the excitement of being introduced to the world of books and reading is one that will live with you for ever. Like many facets of life, children’s books can be bewildering and that’s where the skills and imagination of the library staff can help, so that you too can get the best out of our ‘treasure chest in the town’. You can be sure that Emma, Sarah, Sue & Helen will all be pleased to help you find your way around and let you know of any forthcoming events that may be of interest to your child.
- Brixham Library holds regular activities and events for children
- Brixham Library has a Lego Club every Saturday morning
- Brixham Library holds a regular Music, rhythm & rhyme session every Monday 10.15 – 10.45, Tuesday 10.30 – 11.00 & every Wednesday 10.30 – 11.00 (Term time only)
- Brixham Library holds a regular Storytime (Teddy Tales) on Thursdays at 10.30 (Term time only)
- From May, Brixham Library we will be having Steve Shaw and his lovely dog Honey (registered PAT dog) on Tuesday afternoons to help less confident readers.
Loyalty Card News
Apologies from the Editor as in the March edition of the newsletter we didn’t make it clear that when our retail partners offer discounts these are instead of the normal percentage discount offered to FoBL members and NOT an additional discount. All offers made to FoBL members are at the retailers discretion and we really appreciate their support to FoBL when these offers are made.
Fishcombe Café – Chloe, owner of the Fishcombe Café on Fishcombe Cove tells me that the Cafe is now open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm, weather depending until May (from May – only CLOSED on Mondays). Chloe is offering currant FoBL members a 10% discount on all orders over £5.00.
She has introduced a slightly newer menu (including home-made soups, cream teas and weekly specials). She also has an event on Saturday 4 May with the Torbay Seal Project at the cafe to talk about the Grey Seals we are lucky enough to see daily in Brixham. Tickets are £5 and a donation will be made towards the charity to help protect & monitor the seals.
Bertie & Crew – The clothing sale continues, and Leanne tells me she has lots of new ranges in store including Becky Bettesworth mugs, coasters and fridge magnets; The Sea Shed soap, scented sachets, jewellery & cards, plus lots of new china gifts.
Whilst out and about in Somerset recently I came across the picture below. Just for the fun of it, is it a bookcase or is it just a picture. The answer will be in next month’s newsletter.
And follow the link here to bring up your membership renewal form –
Bertie & Crew are offering up to 60% discount on many items in the store. Please don’t forget to take you FoBL Membership Card/ Loyalty Card with you.
Cow Town 1850 – 1900: come celebrate a great project for Brixham
This month sees the culmination of our two-year lottery project in St Mary’s Churchyard – Cowtown 1850-1900. Almost without exception a group of volunteers has regularly met on Wednesday and Saturday mornings to record as many names as possible of all those buried there. Unfortunately, the original records were lost in the Exeter Blitz and a sad reminder that despite sending them so they would be kept safely, this wasn’t to be the case. As the project has developed and more and more people have become aware of it, the project team have recorded not just the names and the dates but where possible they have added the details of many of the individual’s lives, along with photographs of where they lived and where and what work they undertook. Thus, a living history has been constructed that will provide inspiration for today and for future generations. Copies of the work will be held in St Mary’s Church; Brixham Museum, Brixham Library and Torquay Libraries Local Studies Section.
A dedicated website is being created by team members and all project material including a searchable family ‘Commemorative Headstone’ database of the existing graves in St Mary’s churchyard is soon to go online. So far over 9,500 names have been added to the database.
Weekly project updates have been posted on social media including Facebook.
The project also owes a huge debt to local artist Peter Archer, sadly no longer with us. However, before he died, he drew and painted a number of pictures for the project to show what the inhabitants of Cowtown would have looked like and as a result will be a lasting tribute to his wonderful work. Peter’s illustrations also complement the project Primary School Key Stage 1+2 ‘Victorian Britain’ (Brixham) booklet and story-bag. The contents of which include a pair of ‘Workhouse Children’ thanks to Martine Brumwell, a cat and mouse, thanks to Angela Trayhorn plus samples of ‘oakum’ and ‘junk’ old rope unpicked by the workhouse children and then added to tar to waterproof wooded hulls.
Churston Grammar School VIth Form Photographic Studies Students have also joined our project team and their photo studies will be displayed in our March 23rd Exhibition in St Mary’s Church.
To further illustrate the project, an aerial map has been painted by Dave Brumwell to show the area as it would have looked at the end of the 19thcentury. In addition, a very fine tapestry by Barbara Dawes has been made. Finally, a scale model of the church and the churchyard has been created by local model maker Paul Bennett to recapture the many features lost through the passage of time. Both the model and painting will be on permanent display in St Mary’s Church from March 23rd.
A number of Cowtown family histories have been written and illustrated by team member Jenny Crisp. These have been put on DVD and will form another part of our Key Stage 1+2 ‘Victorian Britain’ (Brixham) educational packs. The DVD’s will be streamed on our website.
Written by team member and ecologist Nigel Wood an introduction to ‘The Lichens of St Mary’s Graveyard Brixham’ has been written proving that the Graveyard is a living space for wildlife. The guide is in leaflet form and will be available at our exhibition and downloadable from our website.
Project member Nina Hannaford has created a series of ‘Cowtown Walks’. These guided/historical walks of the parish will be on display at our exhibition and will be downloadable from our website.
Date for your Diary – Saturday 23 March 2019 The project’s climax comes with an exhibition of all of the above work in St Mary’s Church on Saturday 23 March 2019 when project members will be there to tell you about all that has been achieved. Paul Bennet’s scale model is to be unveiled at 2.30pm which opens the exhibition.
A concert entitled ‘Cowtown in Words and Music’, is being held in the church in the evening, the proceeds of which are being donated to the St Mary’s Church Tower Appeal Fund which is in urgent need of restoration.
Doors open at 7pm, tickets will include a ‘glass of wine’ and will be £5 for adults and children have FREE entrance. Performers include Harpin’ Mad, Folk Inspired, Missin’ Tackle Shanty Crew and Friends with ‘Words’ from ‘Victorian Cowtown’ spoken by members of South Devon Players written in part by local playwright David Murphy.
As I am sure you will agree, the project has achieved an incredible amount of work which will provide a lasting legacy for people interested in and researching into the history of Cow Town, Brixham. FoBL acknowledges the dedication and enthusiasm of all those involved and my thanks go to all for them for everything they have achieved.
For many years now libraries have embraced the need to create their own income, generating funds in a variety of different ways. This can at first seem daunting and alien to those who have worked in local authorities for many years. However, it can also be inspiring, motivational and, once targets are met, can see real returns to each individual library. In Brixham, the sale of spectacles, cards as well as seasonal calendars and other offers has almost become part of the furniture. Now the library has a wide range of stationery items for sale at very reasonable and competitive prices. These include fun items for the children as well as something for your office needs. So next time you’re in the library do take a look as you’ll be helping the staff and you may come away with something to tick off your shopping list too. For more information about this, do ask the staff as Emma and her team will be pleased to help you.
Coffee Morning Update
Our next coffee morning is being held on Friday 5 April between 10.00 – 12.00 noon. We hope to hold a plant sale and any plants you can bring along on the day for sale would be much appreciated.
Our last coffee morning raised £161.51 of which £75.00 was raised through the selling of silk flowers that were donated by one of our members. We were also selling jars of marmalade which sold very quickly. All in all, another very successful morning and once again thank you for your continuing support. If you have any similar ideas for future coffee mornings, do talk to us about them.
Eunice Dodd (Secretary)
Active Life, Active Mind
Brixham Library enjoyed a full programme of events and activities in January and were pleased at the take up at many of the events. Our afternoon with Ros Fry & Annabel Coakley from Cancer Research UK went really well raising £32.51 in the retiring collection.
Ros wrote ‘Thanks for getting in touch. Great to see the press cutting from Brixham News.
We have now visited Honiton, Paignton, Torquay, Churston and Budleigh libraries and the best experience was by far at Brixham! We had far more people than elsewhere and lots more questions! This is clearly due to the promotion you gave it locally. Annie, who runs our local fundraising committee was really pleased to see us and to see the enthusiasm about beating cancer locally. We would love to come again, so do get in touch when you have any thoughts about dates or formats. We can be very flexible and will take your lead as you obviously have your finger on the pulse of what’s going on in Brixham’. It is always nice to receive such lovely comments.
Our life saving event run by Helen from the library was a great success and was over-subscribed. We hope to repeat this event later in the year and are investigating the purchase of some First Aid Manikins to help with future training sessions
Loyalty Card Scheme
We have received the sad news that ‘Liberties Cocktail Bar’ down on the Strand by the harbour have withdrawn from the loyalty card scheme. However, the good news is that ‘Another Chapter’ and ‘The Kitchen Shop’ are still very much part of the scheme and look forward to your custom.
Emma has asked me to inform members that discounts are now available for anyone booking tickets in the library for any Fougou Jazz event being held in Churston Golf Club. For details about this please ask the staff or phone 01803 853870.
The library holds a very successful Lego Club on a Saturday morning in the Childrens Library. If you know of anyone who has any spare Lego or Duplo looking for a good home then do look no further as new donations are always welcome.
Results for the February coffee morning as follows:
Coffee & cake £82.40
Change jars £ 7.73
A great result and lovely to see so many people on the day. Our next coffee morning is on Friday 1 March between 10.00 – 12.00 noon.
One of our members will be selling arrangements of silk flowers in aid of FoBL funds and a sample of those available for purchase can be seen above.
Another Friend is busy making marmalade and has offered her produce to sell at the Coffee Mornings, however she does need some more jam jars. If you have any spare please bring them into the Library and we will pass them on.
First of all, welcome to 2019 and a Happy New Year to everyone. Like all the libraries in the Bay, Brixham Library starts its year with a flourish with our new events programme, printed copies of which are available from the library. If you can’t find one when you next visit do ask the library staff and they’ll make sure you get one. As usual there are lots of ideas for you to follow up and to avoid any disappointment do book a place on anything that interests you.
Active Life Active Mind is an annual programme of library events focused on health and wellbeing. All the four libraries in Torbay are participating in this programme this year and an information leaflet can be obtained from Brixham Library next time you visit.
First Friday of the Month Coffee Morning
Many of you must have been out and about on Friday 4 January in an effort to get rid of those post-Christmas blues. It was lovely to see so many people at the coffee morning and we raised £120 towards FoBL funds. To help with the making of hot drinks, the decision has been made to purchase a small microwave so that it will be longer necessary to borrow the library staff microwave from upstairs each month.
Our next coffee morning is being held on Friday 1 February when we plan to have another scarf sale. Any unwanted scarves can be dropped off in the library before the day. All that we ask is they arrive clean and neatly folded please.
Our new friend to the Friday Coffee morning is only 12 weeks old and is training to be a guide dog for the blind. This was his first visit to the library and a lesson in trying not to react to all the people around him. I suspect that many hearts broke when they saw him!!!
One of our members has made a very attractive owl which we hope to raffle that morning. Should you wish to see it before the day we hope to have it on display during the week of the coffee morning.
Walking for Health / Dementia Friendly Walks
Our Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon health walks continue to take place weekly and we have been very pleased with the numbers joining these walks. It has been mentioned to me that some are concerned about walking along the coastal path (Monday Walk) which can be very muddy at this time of year. Anyone who is apprehensive may use the alternative footpath route which doesn’t present the hazards of stiles and muddy feet. Whichever route you chose, all are welcome even if you only decide to join us for a cup of coffee in The Berry Head Hotel at 11.00am. The meeting place for the Monday walk is in Gillard Road at the back of the Douglas House Cheshire Home at 10.00am and on Tuesdays at 2.30pm by the Old Fish Market down by the harbour.
Take-up for the fortnightly dementia friendly walks has been slow but those who have joined us with their carers have enjoyed themselves. We take the walk as slowly as those who come along want to and try and finish for a cup of coffee at the end of the walk. Our normal coffee stop is the Chart Room, Brixham’s First Class Coffee Lounge, but as this is closed during January for refurbishment, we’ll find a suitable alternative until it reopens on the 28thof this month.
We are hoping that you can come up with a suitable name and a logo for our regular newsletter. Winning entries for both will receive a prize for their efforts and we hope that many of you will rise to the challenge. Please submit your ideas marked as follows:
If handed into the library marked – FAO FoBL Newsletter Competition, Brixham Library
Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org FoBL Newsletter Competition.
Please submit your entries by Thursday 28 February.
If you are booking theatre tickets do book them through Brixham Library and avoid a booking fee.
The December Friday Coffee morning was given over to celebrating 25 years since the Library moved into its current building.
Almost 60 people arrived to drink coffee, talk to each other, listen to Furzeham School sing Christmas carols, and – of course – to eat cake. The event raised £168.40. A great way to start the festive season.
As we count down to the festive season this is an opportunity to reflect on the busy autumn that the Friends have had both with new and on-going activities and events. It is also an opportunity to welcome the positive approach being taken by Libraries Unlimited towards Brixham Library as it introduces its own programme of events and income generation activities. We look forward to working alongside them so that in the coming year we have a fully integrated programme with something to appeal to everyone.
First of the Month Coffee Morning
This continues to be supported by you all with our coffee morning in October being devoted to the Macmillan Cancer Charity as so many have us have been touched or know people who have been affected by cancer at one time or another. In November, we thought about the ending of WWI and supported the British Legion in the good work that they continue to do year on year raising £71.04 with the selling of knitted and felted poppies. Thank you to all those who supported us on these days.
In December we take the opportunity to celebrate the library being in its present building for 25 years and a special cake is being made for the occasion. So why not come along on Friday 7 December between 10.00 and 12.00 noon and join us. Along with coffee and cake, we will have an array of different items for sale and with Christmas just around the corner you may well find the odd gift or two to help lessen your long list of things to do. In addition, children from one of the local schools will be joining us for a short musical interlude.
Finally, our ‘coins in the jar’ scheme has been adopted by many of you and last month a total of £32.51 was handed in which is very much appreciated. So, if you haven’t thought about doing so please and would like a jar for some or all of your spare change do ask for one next time you are at a coffee morning or visiting the library.
Beat the Street
This ended on 31 October and I can reveal that for those friends who joined the FoBL team we may not have been near the top of the leader board but our average no of points per team member was very favourable with other teams. I know that those who took part had a great deal of fun and that is what it was all about, as well as enjoying a good walk, run or bike ride as well.
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Loyalty Card Scheme
Our retail partners are all gearing up for the Christmas period and a busy time for them all. Please do take advantage of the many offers they are making available though our joint loyalty card scheme with them helping you to save some pennies and them to continue to trade successfully in the town. I am often asked what benefit the scheme brings to FoBL. Our inspiration comes from the fact that the more people are lured into Brixham to shop then hopefully they will take the opportunity to use the library as well. Thus, everyone is a winner and the offers made to FoBL members are purely a bonus and hopefully something that you all value too.
FoBL – Torbay Libraries Concessions
Just a reminder that your FoBL membership card entitles you to free hire of DVD’s and reservations. There has been a recent influx of new stock covering a complete range of popular titles including:
On Chesil Beach
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and many more.
So, with the winter months on our doorstep, evenings drawing in, why not make the most of your membership entitlements and settle down with a free DVD. Alternatively, if children and grandchildren need settling down quietly for a spell there are many DVD’s catering for the wide tastes of children and young people too.
Cosgrave & Banks
On Friday night, Brixham Library by popular request saw the return of local folk duo Mike Cosgrave & Steve Banks. Since their previous visit in 2016, the two lads have continued to develop and refine their wonderful repertoire of music and song, drawing from far and wide across the UK and Europe. They have been described as ‘one of Devon’s multi-instrumental treasures’ and a very apt description as they played through their melodic and captivating musical journey with a totally captivating and magical evening. Organised by The Friends of Brixham Library this was a very successful fund-raising evening raising over £200.
Request for empty cereal boxes and plastic lemonade bottles: this has come from Emma who would like to stock pile them for future children’s craft activities. Please take them into the library and give to the staff at the desk.
Brixham Library are trialling the taking of bookings for tickets for the Palace Theatre, Paignton. This will avoid any booking charges being made and with the addition of a meal deal in the nearby Peaky Blinders Restaurant with the downloading of a voucher will enable a 10% voucher to be available. Please ask for more information about this in the library.
It was recently drawn to my attention that our library was beginning to look like the ‘Lost Gardens of Babylon’. I am pleased to say that shortly after bringing this to the attention of Torbay Council they have now been cleared and as a result look a lot better for it.
Since the last newsletter the Government has responded to the recent petition as follows:
The Government is committed to supporting a sustainable long-term future for libraries. Councils retain flexibility over funding decisions, so libraries can be resilient and equipped to meet local need
The Government takes seriously the statutory duty to superintend and promote the improvement of library services in England – to ensure that councils in England meet their own statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service.
The Government is committed to supporting a sustainable long-term future for public libraries in England. We want libraries to be resilient and equipped to meet local challenges – to thrive, not just survive. We are continually advocating for their value and contribution to strategic objectives across central government.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Local Government Association (LGA) established the Libraries Taskforce in 2015DCMS provides funding of £500,000 a year (from April 2016 to March 2020) to enable the delivery of its work. The Taskforce is helping to invigorate the public libraries sector by advocating for public libraries with central and local government, encouraging good practice and innovation, and by providing toolkits and free masterclasses for library services.
Over the five-year period from 2015-16 to 2019-20 councils will have access to more than £200 billion. The Chancellor’s announcement at budget means a real-terms increase in funding for local government in 2018/19 and 2019/20.
The Government’s position is that local government funding should be non-ringfenced. This has been a long-established Government principle based on the premise that giving greater funding flexibility to local authorities supports them to make spending decisions based on their local needs and priorities. Removing ringfencing also supports good, efficient financial management at a local level and promotes the government’s agenda of localism.
Local Government funding is provided through the Local Government Finance Settlement with a certain sum of money based on the assessment of local needs. The decision about how to allocate this falls to the local authorities as the locally democratic and accountable body. Ultimately, decisions about resource prioritisation for libraries sit with local authorities.
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Click this link to view the response online:
The Petitions Committee will take a look at this petition and its response. They can press the government for action and gather evidence. If this petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the Committee will consider it for a debate.
The Committee is made up of 11 MPs, from political parties in government and in opposition. It is entirely independent of the Government. Find out more about the Committee: https://petition.parliament.uk/help#petitions-committee
The Petitions team
UK Government and Parliament
Let’s Celebrate Our Libraries
The following extract is taken from the October edition of the ‘Mature Times’ (Issue No. 314 page 3) and although written with National Libraries week in mind still worthy of bringing to your notice.