Friends Matter – November 2019

Library Refurbishment

The present Brixham Library building opened in the autumn of 1993 and it is a credit to project team of the time that the building has worked so well with very little expenditure on repairs and maintenance over the years. Funds of £54,000 have become available to enable a partial refurbishment to take place, resulting in the library being closed for a short period of time from 13.00pm on Saturday 26.10.19 and reopening at 9.30am on Monday 25.11.19. These funds have been specifically put aside for spending on Brixham Library as part of developer’s contributions to the Brixham community. This is an opportunity to have a spring clean and revitalise the library making it an even better space that can be valued by all in Brixham. Amongst other things the library will be redecorated internally in all public spaces, carpet replaced, and improvements made on the ground floor as well as some minor shelving changes on the first floor. Both the library staff and FoBL have been busy fund raising to help make the improvements that are required take place. FoBL will be helping to fund some new furniture in the childrens library and the cost of refurbishing the meetings room on the first floor. Following the success of the regular coffee mornings FoBL will be funding a coffee counter on wheels. Currently, FoBL’s contribution towards these purchases and improvements is estimated at about £4,500. FoBL kindly acknowledges a donation of £100.00 from the Rotary in Brixham towards the cost of replacement childrens stools.

This is a one-off opportunity to keep the library looking at its best as well as maintaining its appeal to one and all. If you would like to make a donation towards this project, please pop into the library or call the library on 01803 853870.

Upcoming Events

Winter Thrushes on Dartmoor with Mike Langman – Friday 1 November, 10.00am – 13.00pm
Meet at Shipley Bridge (nr South Brent) car park below the Avon Dam. Join Mike for another of his interesting walks and talks as he points out local bird and wildlife life along the way. You are advised to wear appropriate footwear and clothing and to book a place on the walk, the charge is £8.00 for FoBL members and £10.00 for non-FoBL members and they are available from the library.

Christmas Dates for your diary:

Christmas Coffee Morning on Friday 6 December between 10.00 – 12.00 noon. This is always a special library morning with Christmas stalls, music from a local school choir and of course lovely coffee and cake.

Quay Harmony Ladies Choir Concert on Wednesday 11 December 2019 starting at 19.00pm
We are so pleased to welcome Quay Harmony for their annual Christmas concert and are delighted they have chosen Brixham Library as this year’s Christmas venue. Tickets, £6.00 to FoBL members and £8.00 for non-FoBL members, are available from the library and also from choir members. During the concert there will be a raffle with all proceeds going to the library.

Donations towards Christmas Hampers requested please –
Quay Harmony will be holding a Christmas raffle at their carol concert and are making up Christmas hampers for the winning prizes. Donations of anything that would be suitable for a hamper would be very much appreciated and can be handed into the library marked ‘Quay Harmony Christmas hamper’ by Wednesday 4 December please. Whether large or small everything helps when making up these hampers and the sum of the whole always makes for some fantastic winning prizes. All proceeds from the raffle on the night will be given to FoBL funds

Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
We received a wonderful thank you letter from Macmillan after the coffee morning in aid of macMillan Cancer. The thanks rightly go to everyone who supported such a good cause.

The coffee morning was also an opportunity to present FoBL member Mike Tulloch with his winning prize guessing the number of steps taken on the recent Memory Walk between Babbacombe and Torquay. The official total was 12,226 steps and Mike was the closest guess with a margin of 24 steps.

Feedback from FoBL’s recent trip to the Met Office in Exeter
Earlier this month a number of FoBL members took the opportunity to take part in an arranged visit to the Met Office in Exeter. Tours these days only take place on specified open days and we were able to arrange for a party of 12 to visit. Located on the outskirts of Exeter, this purpose-built building which became its home after moving the whole business down from Bracknell in the 1990’s, in itself is very interesting. Having been myself it is a complete revelation to be introduced to all that goes on in this building. Already feedback suggests that we should try and arrange further trips inspired by such comments as:

Just to say thank you for arranging the Met Office trip. It was so interesting, I really enjoyed it.

A really enjoyable and very informative visit. I’m so glad I went.

If you have any ideas for future FoBL trips, activities and events do let us know. Even better if you are also happy to help organise them for us. This can be done by letting our Events Organiser Helen know leaving your contact details and or suggestion in the library for her attention.

And finally….Every picture tells a story!!