New chapter begins for Wollaston Library

The volunteer-run library has taken over the service previously provided by Northamptonshire County Council

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 9:46 am
Updated Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 9:50 am

Supporters of the new volunteer-run Wollaston Community Library gathered yesterday (Saturday, February 1) to mark the re-opening of the village's public library.

Library users, volunteers and special guests toasted the venture's first day in its new guise, and cheered as a special celebratory cake was cut.

Nick Sinnott, leader of Wollaston Community Library group, was presented the keys to the building.

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Wollaston Community Library grand re-opening of library to be run by volunteers. l-r Julia Jarman, Anne Lovely (NCC Library Service), Mayor of Wellingborough Jo Beirne, Gareth Coombs (author), Amanda Atkinson (Volunteer Co-ordinator), Nick Sinnott (leader of the management committee) Saturday February 1st 2020

He said:"I would like to thank everyone who has had a hand in supporting us.

"Thanks to all the volunteers, those from Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) who helped us and to all those who do such sterling work.

"If it wasn't for the 'friends of' group that morphed into the fundraising thrift shop, we wouldn't be here. All the volunteers have done a fantastic job."

Local author Gareth Coombs was joined by children's writer Julia Jarman in offering their congratulations to the library team.

The volunteers cut the celebration cake

Ms Jarman said: "My heartfelt thanks go to all who helped made the survival and revival of the library possible."

Mr Coombs, who grew up in the same street as the library, said: "It's an absolute honour to be here and to see the library revived is a tremendous credit to those who made it happen.

"Thank you for this display of community."

More than 50 people crammed into the library in Newton Road which will be managed and run by volunteers with books and computers provided by NCC.

The library will be volunteer run

Chair of Wollaston parish council Lindsay Alvis thanked Mr Sinnott for all his work.

Mr Alvis said: "I think it was an awful decision by NCC to withdraw their support, they should support the public library and education.

"The new-look library is absolutely fantastic. It's great to see it continuing in the community, providing a location and great base in the village.

"The council will always support the library financially should the need arise."

Wollaston Community Library
Wollaston Community Library grand re-opening of library to be run by volunteers. Kayleigh Hefferon, 34, with children Pippa, 3, and Baxter, 7,
Authors Julia Jarman and Gareth Coombs joined the new library leaders