1. First and foremost, the subscriptions represent the core funding to enable the Friends to run the Community Library. (These include Insurance costs, additional/specific training for volunteers, improvements to/replacement of furniture and equipment, hire of rooms for meetings and events etc.) We are fortunate that the Parish Council Office is now sharing the library space and the Parish Council are meeting the rent and utilities costs and that also there is a small start-up grant from the County Council. In the beginning we need an estimated £1,500 - £2,000 a year to keep afloat but this could rise if we wish to develop and expand in future years.
2. It is the members who will decide the future policy and development of the Library. By having the right to attend and cast your vote at the AGM and other General meetings, you will have direct influence on shaping the community library of the future and the people you wish to run it on your behalf.
3. We are already planning a number of special events which will be either free or discounted for members. For these, members and donors will be first to be invited to attend, before we open them up to the wider Community.
4. It should be a great way of making new friends, particularly those who are new to the village and surrounding community. We will also be delighted to welcome those who wish to join our ever-increasing band of volunteers. There is a variety of roles. You will be provided with free training if you wish to join the library roster but you will be also welcome if you wish to lend a hand with events or fund-raising or press and publicity.