Who We Are
We are a group from the Long Buckby community established to retain the village Library provision and develop a flourishing Social and Educational Hub. As many of you know there had been a policy of library closures across Northamptonshire to cut costs and Long Buckby was on the list. We came together back in 2018 and have worked with Northamptonshire County Council [now WNC] and Long Buckby Parish Council to prevent Long Buckby Library disappearing.
We have a Board of trustees, gained charity status and formulated the policies and guidance required to operate as a Community Managed Library and expanding Social Hub. Upon signing a Service Level Agreement in October 2020 the reins were formally handed over to us so that we can keep this valuable community resource alive and thriving. We engage with local businesses and community individuals to develop new ideas for the Hub on an ongoing basis.
We are supported by a great team of volunteers day to day in the Library and at Board level.
It is now 2022 and we are delighted to welcome Sam Holst to the team as our part-time Manager.
- To keep a library for book borrowing, information and other services
- To offer a range of complementary activities and events reflecting the diverse needs of our immediate and wider communities
- To provide a cultural and educational base available for all
- To provide a focal point with an inclusive and accessible space for people to come together
These aims will enable the continuation and expansion of currently well-used and valued services and activities, which would otherwise cease.
We are here to retain a vibrant social, cultural and educational hub in the heart of our community to benefit everyone.
Bridget Arregger – Chair
Jane Rintoul – Secretary
Jo Watson – Treasurer & Website
Hazel Johnson – Fundraising
Maria Summerscale – Graphic Design