Who We Are
We are a group from the Long Buckby community doing all we can to save our Library from closure. The closure of this public amenity (accompanied by reduced public transport services to nearby towns) will increase levels of social isolation across our rural area. We hope to take over this invaluable local resource and run a community managed library and hub, in conjunction with Northamptonshire County Council (NCC).
As many of you know the NCC has a policy of library closures across the county to cut costs. We have an opportunity to work with the NCC to prevent ours being one of them and we have been working towards this for the last 18 months.
During this time we have elected a Board of eight trustees, developed a five year business plan, created a Constitution supported by numerous policy documents, opened a bank account, been granted charity status and entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1185196. We are submitting funding applications, appealing for donations and engaging with local businesses on an ongoing basis. We also hope to develop a friends and patrons scheme.
We are supported by a great team of volunteers at committee level and the day to day running of the Library is also done by volunteers.
- To keep a library and information service and offer a range of complementary services aimed at reflecting the diverse needs of the broad demographic of our immediate and wider communities
- To provide a focal point for the communities making it an inclusive space for people to come together
- To provide a cultural and educational base accessible to all
These aims will enable the continuation and expansion of currently well-used and valued services and activities, which will otherwise cease following county library closures. Buckby Library has routinely attracted 40,000 visits a year either for book-borrowing or wider hub/social purposes. We will retain a vibrant social, cultural and educational hub in the heart of the community to benefit children, their carers and the elderly in particular – but open to all.
Bridget Arregger – Chair
Ann Bond – Library Management
Jane Rintoul – Secretary
Jo Watson – Treasurer
David Bray – Hub Management
Liz Collins – Social Media & Data Protection Officer
Hazel Johnson – Fundraising
Maria Summerscale – Graphic Design