Buckby Library & Hub holds social afternoons on Wednesdays between 2.00 (as soon as the doors open) and 4.00 pm. As well as meeting and chatting to other people, participants can play cards, scrabble and do jigsaws. They can also take advantage of the other library facilities, browse newspapers and magazines and buy refreshments.
Between February and May 2020, Buckby Library & Hub will be trialling a community transport service on the first and third Wednesdays of the month to enable existing and new library members, who do not have transport or may have mobility issues, to participate in the social afternoons.
A DACT minibus (up to 15 passengers) will pick up people on a circuit round the villages of West Haddon, East Haddon, Ravensthorpe and Long Buckby on the dates below:
February 5th, February 19th
March 4th, March 18th
April 1st, April 15th
May 6th, May 20th
The pick-up stops will be (the timings are approximate):
- Stop 1 (West Haddon) at 1.05pm: Bus Stop in the High Street (near to Well Cottage and opposite village noticeboard).
- Stop 2 (East Haddon) at 1.20pm: Bus Stop in Main Street (near the Village Hall).
- Stop 3 (Ravensthorpe) at 1.35pm: Bus Stop in High Street opposite the old Post Office.
- Stop 4 (Long Buckby) at 1.45pm: Bus Stop opposite Holyoake Terrace.
- Stop 5 (Long Buckby) at 1.55pm: Bus Stop on Station Road by the Rugby Club.
- Stop 6 (Long Buckby) at 2pm: Buckby Library & Hub car park.
The minibus will depart again at 4.15 pm.
The service can be booked by phoning Richard Howard on the following number: 07527 398566.
Places on the minibus will be on a first come first served basis.
Users will need to be, or become, library members. If users are not already library members, it is very easy (and free) to become one on arrival at the library during their first visit. Membership of the library is a requirement for us to be able to use the DACT service.
NB while the library has toilet facilities, the toilet cannot at present take wheelchairs (except the folding variety). It is possible to access the facilities with a Zimmer frame or other walker, and we hope to make the toilet fully wheelchair accessible in the future. If necessary, there are fully accessible public toilets just across the road from the library.
This trial service is being funded by the Northamptonshire Community Foundation, to which we are grateful. We also thank DACT for enabling us to use one of their minibuses to try out this scheme.