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AGM in Leintwardine

The Friends of Leintwardine Community Library (FOLCL) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is on Weds 5th July at 6pm in the Reading Room.

Our Special Guest Speaker will be Clare Llewellyn West, Chair of Joint Action for Herefordshire Libraries (JAHL).

Here you can download the Agenda, Minutes 2016 and this year’s Annual Report. If you are going to attend the AGM, and are able to print out these documents, and bring them with you, that would be really helpful. The Financial Report will be presented on the day.


Leintwardine Community Library update

The latest news Bulletin from the Friends of Leintwardine Community Library (FOLCL) is now available with news about the the library. Happy reading!

Download the May 2017 newsletter here.

PLEASE NOTE: The FOLCL AGM will be at 6.00pm on Weds 5th July in the Reading Room. We have a very special guest speaker this year: Clare Llewellyn West, Chair of Joint Action for Herefordshire Libraries. Hope to see you there, if not before.


Authors Join Leintwardine World Book Night Party

For the third year running, Leintwardine is pushing the boat out for World Book Night. There’s something for all ages and tastes too.

  • Local children have been beavering away writing stories to enter for our young writers’ competition
  • Children’s authors Anne Cottringer and Karen Wallace will hand out prizes to the winners at a party in the community centre on the evening of Saturday 22nd April
  • Leintwardine author Tomas Remiarz is also launching his new book titled Forest Gardening in Practice – about creating an edible ecosystem
  • The Leintwardine Players will be strutting the boards with an evening of Shakespeare on Thursday 20th April

The programme has been organised by Friends of Leintwardine Community Library (FOLCL). Chair of FOLCL, Parish Councillor Emma Gorbutt, said: “Public libraries are all about reaching out to the local community to inspire writing, reading and creativity. We are delighted to use our village library to encourage young writers, as well as spearhead the celebration of our literary heritage. Shakespeare, the world’s greatest poet and playwright, came from the West Midlands. That makes him very special for us.”

Click on the image to download a pdf poster for display.


Leintwardine celebrates library turnaround

Library lovers in Leintwardine set themselves the challenging goal of halting the decline in library use in the village and reversing it. And they have succeeded. The library is now open for 70% more hours each month, and library use is up 13%, all thanks to the efforts of local volunteers. Now that really is something to celebrate!

Jon Chedgzoy, library service head for Herefordshire Council, said: “Herefordshire Council would like to thank Leintwardine Community Library and volunteers for their hard work. The council will continue to work in partnership with LCL, by providing the support of a qualified librarian to select and edit stock and by enabling access to the library management system so that customers can choose from current and good quality books.”

Volunteers have breathed new life into Leinwardine library, bringing enthusiasm and a sense of ownership. They formed a new library support group – FOLCL – which set itself the challenging target of turning round library use, and transforming the way the library worked to meet local needs. New activities have been laid on, including children’s writing competitions, craft-making sessions for children, World Book Night celebrations, and a mini-Shakespeare festival. The effort has paid off.

Parish Councillor Emma Gorbutt, Chair of FOLCL, said: “Libraries are a vital community resource. Leintwardine Community Library shows how partnership working between councils and local people can lead to dramatic and positive results. The village values and uses its library, and we are confident that, in the coming years, we can continue to provide our community with so much more than books.”

FOLCL is preparing a new Strategic Plan for Leintwardine library. The aim is to reach out to those who don’t currently use the library to find out why and what would need to change to encourage them to do so. FOLCL wants stronger partnerships with local schools, the NHS and local groups to ensure the library produces as much public good for the local community as possible.