Join the discussion about the future of Ledbury library

Further to Cllr Patricia Morgan's letter, it's a relief to know that there are no plans at the moment to close Ledbury library even though opening hours have been cut more severely than for Ross or Leominster.

This at least gives the Ledbury Library Development Group a chance to get into discussion about the future and the library's transfer to the Master's House.

With this in mind, members of the group will be in the library on Saturday, February 8, - National Library Day. They will be on hand to talk about the group and to show floor plans of the Master's House.

The room designated for the main part of the library still contains the original bread oven. Is this a first for a library?

Readers are warmly invited into the library to find out more.

While your there, why not show your support by each borrowing two books to mark National Library Day?

For more information or to join the group, contact ledburylibraryfriends@gmail.com

Nina Shields

Ledbury

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2:46pm Mon 10 Feb 14

THE FACTS says...

The library is surplus to requirements.

Everyone has an internet connection if they dont thats their own fault.

Books are available free on the internet

Over 1,000,000 why use tax payers money to give people free story books?

And all non fiction is already on the web.

Close the libraries.
The library is surplus to requirements. Everyone has an internet connection if they dont thats their own fault. Books are available free on the internet Over 1,000,000 why use tax payers money to give people free story books? And all non fiction is already on the web. Close the libraries. THE FACTS

8:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

courtesycall says...

In Ledbury, by all accounts, a well-run successful privately-owned library was put out of business in the 1920s when the public library opened and started lending books free of charge, courtesy of tax-payers.

What goes around …comes around.
In Ledbury, by all accounts, a well-run successful privately-owned library was put out of business in the 1920s when the public library opened and started lending books free of charge, courtesy of tax-payers. What goes around …comes around. courtesycall

2:26pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Rosemary Thyme says...

Eagerley awaiting the bandwagon that is Mr Richard Hadley to pronounce the addition and inclusion to his manifest of 'all things positive for Ledbury(?)' the possible closure of the library.

Like many other things in Ledbury that he and a minority of councillors keep speaking out in support of, there are far more pressing and urgent requirements needed in the town - a mobile library on a weekly or bi weekly basis would be absolutely suffice

I sincerely hope Dee Knight leads the way in speaking out for what Ledbury folk really do want in the forthcoming town council elections
Eagerley awaiting the bandwagon that is Mr Richard Hadley to pronounce the addition and inclusion to his manifest of 'all things positive for Ledbury(?)' the possible closure of the library. Like many other things in Ledbury that he and a minority of councillors keep speaking out in support of, there are far more pressing and urgent requirements needed in the town - a mobile library on a weekly or bi weekly basis would be absolutely suffice I sincerely hope Dee Knight leads the way in speaking out for what Ledbury folk really do want in the forthcoming town council elections Rosemary Thyme

1:53pm Fri 14 Feb 14

RichHadley says...

Dear Rosemary, it's kind of you to keep mentioning me in your posts, so if you'd like to have a look what I stand for, you can see my web page here:
www.richhadley.net
Best wishes to you.
Dear Rosemary, it's kind of you to keep mentioning me in your posts, so if you'd like to have a look what I stand for, you can see my web page here: www.richhadley.net Best wishes to you. RichHadley

2:21pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Rosemary Thyme says...

Wouldn't vote for you if you were the last man standing and lives depended on it - Self interest and no understanding of what Ledbury and it's long suffering citizens actually do require
Wouldn't vote for you if you were the last man standing and lives depended on it - Self interest and no understanding of what Ledbury and it's long suffering citizens actually do require Rosemary Thyme

4:10pm Fri 14 Feb 14

RichHadley says...

Fair enough Rosemary, whoever wherever you are. That's the beauty of democracy. Everyone can and should have their say, is entitled to vote the way they want, or even to stand for election. I respect your right not to like my views - but I hope you might change your mind in future. Happy voting on the 27 February!
Fair enough Rosemary, whoever wherever you are. That's the beauty of democracy. Everyone can and should have their say, is entitled to vote the way they want, or even to stand for election. I respect your right not to like my views - but I hope you might change your mind in future. Happy voting on the 27 February! RichHadley

6:20pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Jethamy says...

I believe Ledbury's library should be kept open. Mobile libraries are for villages not a town the size of Ledbury. Not everyone has access to a computer to download books and there's nothing to compare to curling up on a sofa with a proper book especially with the weather we've been having recently! Also not everyone can afford to buy a brand new book which is why libraries are essential. Ledbury should not be losing any of it's facilities just because some people don't think reading is important enough.
I believe Ledbury's library should be kept open. Mobile libraries are for villages not a town the size of Ledbury. Not everyone has access to a computer to download books and there's nothing to compare to curling up on a sofa with a proper book especially with the weather we've been having recently! Also not everyone can afford to buy a brand new book which is why libraries are essential. Ledbury should not be losing any of it's facilities just because some people don't think reading is important enough. Jethamy

9:52am Sun 16 Feb 14

courtesycall says...

Perhaps when Mr Hadley gets into power he could do something about the damage to the clock face on the library building? There are now 2 sections missing. At this rate, won't be long before the whole lot falls in/out.
Perhaps when Mr Hadley gets into power he could do something about the damage to the clock face on the library building? There are now 2 sections missing. At this rate, won't be long before the whole lot falls in/out. courtesycall

10:47am Sun 16 Feb 14

ValerieMcLean says...

I also find that there is no substitute for the pleasure of choosing and read a book at leisure. I am not a member of the Library User group but know that one has been set up and is very active to ensure the future of this service as it moves to the Masters House. I use the library regularly and believe it to be important as a warm community space and information point as well as a place to use the internet, and borrow books (for free!). The library is usually busy when I drop in. So hopefully although the hours may be cut and volunteers involved, we still will have librarians (to connect with schools and source books etc. etc.) and a library. Anyone who is interested can get details of the User group at the library.
I also find that there is no substitute for the pleasure of choosing and read a book at leisure. I am not a member of the Library User group but know that one has been set up and is very active to ensure the future of this service as it moves to the Masters House. I use the library regularly and believe it to be important as a warm community space and information point as well as a place to use the internet, and borrow books (for free!). The library is usually busy when I drop in. So hopefully although the hours may be cut and volunteers involved, we still will have librarians (to connect with schools and source books etc. etc.) and a library. Anyone who is interested can get details of the User group at the library. ValerieMcLean

12:30pm Sun 16 Feb 14

courtesycall says...

i see a comment of mine today mainly about the library but which included mention of political aspirations has been removed, presumably because it might have been interpreted as false, abusive or malicious even though it was based on actual experience of the individual concerned. "That's the beauty of democracy. Everyone can and should have their say," unless what's said is not approved of in which case it gets censored.
i see a comment of mine today mainly about the library but which included mention of political aspirations has been removed, presumably because it might have been interpreted as false, abusive or malicious even though it was based on actual experience of the individual concerned. "That's the beauty of democracy. Everyone can and should have their say," unless what's said is not approved of in which case it gets censored. courtesycall

9:38pm Sun 16 Feb 14

RichHadley says...

Dear Mr Courtesy, I can confirm that I have had nothing to do with the falling pieces of the clock face, the storms that might have led to their demise, nor to the removal of any of your comments, whatever they may have contained. As to the Library, I support the campaign to resist its closure and hope that despite the cut in opening hours, this vital community asset in Ledbury will be safeguarded. Best wishes.
Dear Mr Courtesy, I can confirm that I have had nothing to do with the falling pieces of the clock face, the storms that might have led to their demise, nor to the removal of any of your comments, whatever they may have contained. As to the Library, I support the campaign to resist its closure and hope that despite the cut in opening hours, this vital community asset in Ledbury will be safeguarded. Best wishes. RichHadley

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