September News

May I take this opportunity to welcome new members to FoBL and particularly to introduce three new members who have joined the committee since our AGM in July.

Helen Kelly is our new Events Co-Ordinator. She writes:

I worked as anurse for over 40 years and retired to Brixham in 2016, which I am certainly not regretting. I enjoy gardening / visiting NT houses and gardens. I love cruising and have recently returned from a cruise to Russia and looking forward to my cruise next year to Japan.

I enjoy reading and that is why I do voluntary work in Brixham library. I do enjoy meeting people and so also do voluntary work in the English Riviera tourist information centre in Torquay. Looking forward to being involved with the Friends of the Library

Helen will be working closely with Emma in the library on our events programme for next year. If you have any ideas for future events and activities, she would be very interested. Please leave a note in the library marked for her attention.

Angie Robson is our new Membership Secretary. She writes:

Hi, I’m Angie Robson your new membership secretary, a role I am delighted to fulfil. Some of my family have lived and worked in Torbay for well over 70 years so retiring to Brixham was a bit like coming home! I was in education for 42 years, the last 14 as a non-teaching deputy of a large primary school in Solihull, West Midlands. I am passionate about community involvement and an avid reader so I hope I will be able to be an active, positive, committee member.

Hilary Bligh is our new Committee Member. She writes:

I am Hilary Bligh and have lived in Brixham for most of my life. I have always been an avid reader who has continually used Brixham Library and have vivid, happy memories of time spent in the “old library” and our current one. As a retired teacher I have totally understood the value of our library resources for children and wish to be on a committee that promotes and continues this. I also wish to be part of the group that helps the library become a vibrant centre that organises events to encourage all ages to use and enjoy this valuable resource in Brixham.

Missin’ Tackle Shanty Crew Quay Concerts

For three Tuesday evenings last month, Missin’ Tackle Shanty Crew performed down on the old Fish Quay on Brixham Harbour. These free concerts raised nearly £500 shared between FoBL and Brixham Museum. Despite inclement weather, the sun seemed to make its appearance on each evening at the appropriate time, so the crew were blessed as people stopped by to hear them sing. They have really appreciated your support and have thoroughly enjoyed helping to raise funds in this way.

First Friday Coffee Morning

We meet again at the Library on Friday 6 September between 10.00 – 12.00 noon. By popular request, we hope to have mystery book parcels available for purchase. Do please tell your friends, family and neighbours about this diary date and we look forward to seeing you there.

Fundraising Memory Walk

On Saturday 21 September, FoBL is planning a walk from Babbacombe via the coastal path back to Torquay to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. The plan is to meet outside Babbacombe theatre at 11.00am. Please bring your own packed lunch and a drink with you for a lunch stop along the way. Suitable footwear and clothing is advised because of the footpath terrain and the weather on the day. For more information please contact Michael O’Donnell Tel: 01803 844013. Although we are hoping that those partaking will be sponsored this is entirely voluntary and hopefully will be an enjoyable walk and day out.

More dates for your diary: 

Osprey Watch with Mike Langman       Friday 6th September 10am – 1pm

A walk from Powderham Church to the Turf Locks Pub approx. 2.4miles flat there and back along the Exe Estuary watching – we hope – the migrating Osprey feeding before their long flight.

 Exclusive tour of Paignton Zoo   Tuesday 19th September, 10.30am

Steve Nash, Group Educational Manger for Paignton Zoo will be giving a talk about the history of Paignton Zoo, then you will be able to see the old parts of the Zoo no longer open to the public and meet the lovely animals.

Explore the Met Office   Saturday 5th October, 3pm

Discover more about the weather forecasting and climate research on a guided tour of the modern Met Office headquarters in Exeter.

Skittles and The Skipper     Friday 11th October, 7pm start

Following the success of last year’s skittle night, join the Friends again for a fun social evening of skittles. Enjoy a light buffet (with chips) and see who will be crowned best bowler this year!

And Finally….