Welsh Bibles sale for library revamp

Friends of Kettering Library will auction two Welsh Bibles to raise money for the refurbishment, from left Sheila Foster, library manager, John Wilson, chairman, and Anne Lovely, principal librarian
Friends of Kettering Library will auction two Welsh Bibles to raise money for the refurbishment, from left Sheila Foster, library manager, John Wilson, chairman, and Anne Lovely, principal librarian

A pair of rare Welsh language Bibles will be on sale at the first fundraiser towards a library’s £1 million restoration plan.

The two Bibles will be auctioned to raise money for the restoration of Kettering Library at the coffee morning and raffle at 62 Headlands on Saturday.

Principal librarian Anne Lovely said: “Come and help get the first £500 in the kitty.”

The Evening Telegraph has supported the appeal since it was launched by the Friends of Kettering Library (FKL) on Saturday, March 24.

The restoration plans include removing ivy, restoring plaster work and the roof and redecorating the interior.

The county council has already given £250,000 to restore the library’s wooden parquet flooring and reopen the grand entrance in Sheep Street.

But the coffee morning will be the first official fundraiser and FKL hope it will bring in more than £500. The Bibles alone are valued at £150 each.

Heulwyn Cox, of Cransley Gardens, who died several months ago, owned the Bibles and her family donated them to FKL.

FKL plans to set up a charitable trust to collect the money. This would allow people to off-set their tax with donations or boost donations with gift aid, which allows the trust to claim tax already paid on money donated.

It would also make it easy for people to leave money to the trust in a will.

John Wilson, chairman of the Friends of Kettering Library, said: “People want to make clear they are giving to the cause, not to the county council.”

The coffee morning, which is supported by the Rotary Club, will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm.