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Silver Cottage – Idyllic bed and breakfast cottage in Braunton, North Devon

20140531-084154-31314435.jpgIf you’re looking to stay in Braunton, then a big heads-up for Silver Cottage on Silver Street in Braunton. It’s a beautiful Grade II listed and family run country cottage in a stunning part of the village. Here is what they say about themselves on their website.

“We are a young husband and wife team, Sophie and Matthew and our two children, Esme and Albert.
Sophie grew up in this cottage and then moved to Exeter to study at the university. She moved to Bristol in 1997 where she met her husband to be on the dance floor of a local discotheque. She worked as a lettings agent in Clifton Village and has now returned to Braunton with her family and husband to run the family business started by her Mother.
We are delighted to be living in this idyllic location and are thrilled to bring up our children surrounded by this wonderful green and pleasant land.
We look forward to welcoming you and are excited to be able to offer hospitality to our B and B guests.”

For more details visit www.bedandbreakfast-braunton.co.uk.

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Great articles about Braunton Library for both the North Devon Journal and North Devon Gazette #savebrauntonlibrary

SAVE LIBRARYYou can read the two articles by clicking on the links below:

North Devon Journal

North Devon Gazette

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Save Braunton Library Campaign Update and Next Steps #savebrauntonlibrary

SAVE LIBRARYDear friends,

It was truly inspiring to see over 800 people sign the Save Braunton Library petition at the Braunton Rotary Fair on Monday. This was on top of the 400 signatures gathered by school children. A big thank you to all the volunteers who have put up posters, shared the campaign and collected names.

It was awesome to then have so many people from Braunton, Woolacombe, Croyde, Georgeham, West Down and other surrounding areas come to the Public Meeting this week.

We stood together and let it be known that we do not want our community to be hollowed out. Our community deeply matters to us. Our children matter. The older members of our community matter. Individuals and families matter. The library is a lifeline for people of all ages and we will not stand by and watch it disappear.

We can report back from the Public Meeting that Councillor Roger Croad, who is responsible for the future of our library, made a personal commitment to look at the classification of Braunton Library.  This is an urgent first step and we await his assessment.

Braunton Library is wrongly categorised as “small and less-well used” and we need this changed so that we can have a fair consultation that reflects the size and use of the library and we can then work together to build a Devon centre model.

As a community we can now do two things:

  1. It is time to fill in the consultation form. We have heard back from you that the form is confusing. Do not let this stop you. Let’s make our voice heard in the formal consultation process. Go to the Tough Choices website (just click the link). If possible please help friends, neighbours and your networks to do this too.
  2. We must build the campaign. Put up posters (click the link to download),  write to your MP, your councillors, the media, and use social media to SAVE BRAUNTON LIBRARY. Councillor Roger Croad is looking at Braunton right now. Let him know that we are waiting for his answer.

Thank you to all of you who are working on this campaign. We must act now or Braunton library could be closed within a year due to these cruel cuts.

SAVE BRAUNTON LIBRARY!!!

 

 

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Top big wave surfer Andrew Cotton backs the Campaign to Save Braunton Library! #savebrauntonlibrary

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Great turn out for public meeting with Councillors last night #savebrauntonlibrary

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21-22 June – Heanton’s Festival with Flowers

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Don’t forget tomorrow’s Public Meeting with County Councillors! #savebrauntonlibrary

SAVE LIBRARYJust a big reminder that there is a crucial meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) evening with the relevant county councillors over public service cuts. It is crucial that as many people as possible supporting the Campaign to Save Braunton Library are able to go along. It is at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.

In particular we will be presenting our formal submission to Councillor Croad (in charge of libraries) calling for the Council to reclassify Braunton Library within the consultation from a ‘smaller and less-well used’ library to a ‘medium to large’ one reflecting its true status and enabling us to engage in a full consultation about its future. You can see an article about this submission for this week’s North Devon Gazette here.

In the meantime, please continue to spread the word. You can find a summary of key points of the campaign here. A copy of the poster can be downloaded and printed off here. Above all, please encourage as many people as possible to fill out the consultation questionnaire.

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Don’t miss Douglas E Powell and The Rising Spirit this Friday 30th May at St Anne’s Chapel Barnstaple

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Guitarist Dan Richards currently working with One Direction supports Braunton Library!

SAVE LIBRARYThe guitarist Dan Richards currently working with One Direction has today sent a tweet to his 649,000 followers supporting Braunton Library (as well as retweeting a campaign tweet)! His Twitter account is @GuitarmanDan and you can see the tweet and re-tweet below.

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Article for the North Devon Gazette on Save Braunton Library Campaign’s call for re-classification #savebrauntonlibrary

SAVE LIBRARYGreat article by Tony Gussin for this week’s North Devon Gazette on the call for re-classification of Braunton Library in the current Devon County Council consultation. You can read the article here.

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Check out and ‘Like’ Braunton Neighbourhood Police’s Facebook page

A big heads up for the Braunton Neighbourhood Facebook page for Devon and Cornwall Police. They provide updates and advice on the local Braunton and surrounding area. You can take a look and ‘Like’ the page here.

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1 June – Family Dog Show

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SAVE BRAUNTON LIBRARY: TALKING POINTS #SAVEBRAUNTONLIBRARY

Braunton library could be closed within a year due to cuts being proposed by Devon County Council. The library is a lively and much loved part of our community and we will not stand by and watch it disappear.

The Save Braunton Library campaign believes that its first priority is to call for the URGENT RE-CLASSIFICATION of Braunton Library from a “smaller and less-well used” library to a “medium to large” library and so has the opportunity to engage in a consultation under ’Proposal 1: a Devon Centre model.’

Why should our library be reclassified?

  • DCC is wrongly categorising Braunton because of its technical village status, labelling our library “smaller and less well-used”.
  • The reality is that Braunton library serves over 13,000 people, just a few hundred less than some “medium to large” libraries, and is a much loved, lively and important part of our community with 1 in 5 people actively using it and 30% of under 18s.
  • Any consultation about Braunton library should include Georgeham, Croyde, West Down, Woolacombe and other surrounding areas covered by the library.
  • According to Devon county Council data Braunton library has more “active users” under 18 than four official medium-large libraries (Seaton: 505[1], Torrington: 546, South Molton: 600, Dawlish: 612, Braunton: 640).
  • According to Devon County Council data Braunton has more Total Active Users than two medium-large libraries (Torrington: 1676, South Molton: 2025, Braunton: 2025)
  • The % of the catchment area using the library in Braunton (20%)  is higher than Barnstaple, Newton Abbot, Honiton, Tiverton, Collumpton, Torrington, Okehampton, Sidmouth, Ilfracombe and Teignmouth), according to Devon County Council data.
  • We believe that Braunton should be treated, at the very least, in the same way as Holsworthy, where the Countyis looking at potential schemes which could deliver the Devon Centre model there.
  • The data from Devon County Council shows a reduction in library use in Braunton in recent years but in recent years Braunton Library has been closed for half of the week and so reducing access to the public and not surprisingly this has led to a reduction in visitor numbers; a self-fulfilling prophecy which residents fear is now being used to justify more cuts.  The usage figures (totals and percentage) also show a higher usage than other official “medium to large” libraries.

Next steps

  1. FILL IN THE CONSULTATION: Make sure you fill in the consultation either online or on paper – more details on our site below. You can use the arguments here to make your case for saving the library.
  2. PUT UP POSTERS: Please do continue to put up posters around Braunton. Let’s make our campaign known. The poster can be downloaded from www.aboutbraunton.com.
  3. PUBLIC MEETING: Wednesday 28 May: Please do get as many people as possible to attend. It is important we show Councillors that Braunton Library is a much loved and active part of our community (7.30pm Braunton Parish Hall, Chaloners Road)

Stay in touch

  • Everyone can keep in touch with the campaign at http://www.aboutbraunton.com
  • Follow us on twitter @savebrauntonlib
  • There is also a facebook group we will keep people updated on – search for ‘Save Braunton Library’

About ‘Save Braunton Library’

Save Braunton Library is a community-led campaign that brings together local people concerned about the future of their library and helps raise their voice and concerns. The first community meeting of Save Braunton Library was held on Wednesday 21st May.

Support to reclassify Braunton Library

Peter Heaton-Jones (Conservative candidate): “Braunton cannot be placed in the same category as libraries in the sparsely-populated rural areas, and yet this approach is being adopted by the consultation.”

Mark Cann (Labour Candidate): “Braunton Library is a cornerstone of the local community and I’m hopeful that with concerted public pressure we can save Braunton Library and I’m happy to be a part of that campaign”

Nick Harvey MP (Liberal Democrat): “Libraries provide a vital community service both for leisure and educational purposes. Any moves to close or rationalize Braunton Library is clearly a retrograde step”

Veronica Henry (Local Author): “Closing Braunton library would be an act of shortsighted savagery. Going to the local library should be every child’s right, and that right should be there for all of their life. Libraries should be at the heart of a community, not expelled from it.”

[1] All data used in this submission has been taken from the Devon County Council consultation documents

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Press release: Save Braunton Library Campaign calls for urgent reclassification of Braunton Library #savebrauntonlibrary

The Save Braunton Library campaign is calling for the URGENT RE-CLASSIFICATION of Braunton Library from a “smaller and less-well used” library to a “medium to large” library and be given the opportunity to engage in an appropriate consultation.

Ben Hewitt of Save Braunton Library said: “Local people want to take part in a fair and open consultation about the future of Braunton. Local people think that we are being treated unfairly because of Braunton’s technical village status, labelling our library “smaller and less well-used”.  This ignores the fact we have more active users than other “medium to large” libraries.”

The Save Braunton Library campaign is putting forward a submission to Devon County council asking to review the categorization of Braunton and cites evidence including usage figures.  The submission also highlights the fact that special status has already been granted to Holsworthy, where the Countyis looking at potential schemes which could deliver the Devon Centre model there.  The submission will be handed to County Councillor Roger Croad (Cabinet Member for Community and Environment services) at a Public Meeting in Braunton on Wednesday 28th May in Braunton.

Local author Tim Kevan said “Braunton as a community is more than willing to engage in meaningful discussions as to how we can take the Devon Centre model forward on a basis of how we extend and not diminish its Library service. We believe that the weight of evidence to support a reclassification is substantial and we request that Devon County Council moves swiftly to give Braunton Library the status it warrants. This will allow a meaningful consultation about how we move forward to secure a positive future for this valuable resource.”

You can read the submission to Devon County Council here.

About ‘Save Braunton Library’

Save Braunton Library is a community-led campaign that brings together local people concerned about the future of their library and helps raise their voice and concerns. The first community meeting of Save Braunton Library was held on Wednesday 21st May.

Support to reclassify Braunton Library

Peter Heaton-Jones (Conservative candidate): “Braunton cannot be placed in the same category as libraries in the sparsely-populated rural areas, and yet this approach is being adopted by the consultation.”

Mark Cann (Labour Candidate): “Braunton Library is a cornerstone of the local community and I’m hopeful that with concerted public pressure we can save Braunton Library and I’m happy to be a part of that campaign”

Nick Harvey MP (Liberal Democrat): “Libraries provide a vital community service both for leisure and educational purposes. Any moves to close or rationalize Braunton Library is clearly a retrograde step”

Veronica Henry (Local Author): “Closing Braunton library would be an act of shortsighted savagery. Going to the local library should be every child’s right, and that right should be there for all of their life. Libraries should be at the heart of a community, not expelled from it.”

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Submission to Devon County Council from the Save Braunton Library Campaign

The Save Braunton Library campaign believes that its first priority is to call for the URGENT RE-CLASSIFICATION of Braunton Library from a “smaller and less-well used” library to a “medium to large” library and so has the opportunity to engage in a consultation under ’Proposal 1: a Devon Centre model.’

We believe that Braunton should be treated, at the very least, in the same way as Holsworthy, where the Countyis looking at potential schemes which could deliver the Devon Centre model there. Braunton as a community is more than willing to engage in meaningful discussions as to how we can take the Devon Centre model forward on a basis of how we extend and not diminish its Library service.

We reject the categorisation of Braunton Library as a “small and less well-used” library and being confined to a consultation about how the local community can sustain the library in new and innovative ways (Proposal 2). The inappropriate categorisation of Braunton before the start of the consultation has failed to recognize the true size and usage of Braunton Library and thus has undermined public confidence in the consultation process.

We are asking Devon County Council to urgently reclassify Braunton library, from a “smaller and less-well used” library to a “medium-large” library reflecting its true status, so that we can engage in an appropriate consultation about it’s future.

We cite the following as grounds for reclassification

  1. DCC is wrongly categorising Braunton because of its technical village status, labelling our library “smaller and less well-used”.
  2. The reality is that Braunton library serves over 13,000 people, just a few hundred less than some “medium to large” libraries, and is a much loved, lively and important part of our community with 1 in 5 people actively using it and 30% of under 18s.
  3. Any consultation about Braunton library should include Georgeham, Croyde, West Down, Woolacombe and other surrounding areas covered by the library.
  4. According to Devon County Council data Braunton library has more “active users” under 18 than four official medium-large libraries (Seaton: 505, Torrington: 546, South Molton: 600, Dawlish: 612, Braunton: 640).
  5. According to Devon County Council data Braunton has more Total Active Users than two medium-large libraries (Torrington: 1676, South Molton: 2025, Braunton: 2025)
  6. The % of the catchment area using the library in Braunton (20%)  is higher than Barnstaple, Newton Abbot, Honiton, Tiverton, Collumpton, Torrington, Okehampton, Sidmouth, Ilfracombe and Teignmouth), according to Devon County Council data.
  7. The data from Devon County Council shows a reduction in library use in Braunton in recent years but in recent years Braunton Library has been closed for half of the week due to previous cuts and so reducing access to the public and not surprisingly this has led to a reduction in visitor numbers; a self-fulfilling prophecy which residents fear is now being used to justify more cuts.  Despite this the usage figures (totals and percentage) also show a higher usage than other official “medium to large” libraries.

We believe that the weight of evidence to support a reclassification is substantial and we request that Devon County Council moves swiftly to give Braunton Library the status it warrants. This will allow a meaningful consultation about how we move forward to secure a positive future for this valuable resource.

About ‘Save Braunton Library’

Save Braunton Library is a community-led campaign that brings together local people concerned about the future of their library and helps raise their voice and concerns. The first community meeting of Save Braunton Library was held on Wednesday 21st May.

Support for Braunton Library

Peter Heaton-Jones (Conservative candidate): “Braunton cannot be placed in the same category as libraries in the sparsely-populated rural areas, and yet this approach is being adopted by the consultation.”

Mark Cann (Labour Candidate): “Braunton Library is a cornerstone of the local community and I’m hopeful that with concerted public pressure we can save Braunton Library and I’m happy to be a part of that campaign”

Nick Harvey MP (Liberal Democrat): “Libraries provide a vital community service both for leisure and educational purposes. Any moves to close or rationalize Braunton Library is clearly a retrograde step”

Veronica Henry (Local Author): “Closing Braunton library would be an act of shortsighted savagery. Going to the local library should be every child’s right, and that right should be there for all of their life. Libraries should be at the heart of a community, not expelled from it.”

May 26 2014

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31 May – Quiz and chips at St Brannocks Rooms

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Save Braunton Library Campaign Update and Posters #savebrauntonlibrary

Dear friends,

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS UPDATE ACROSS YOUR NETWORKS

Thank you to everyone who came to the community meeting on Wednesday and for sharing your brilliant ideas to save Braunton library.

It was a great turnout with lots of energy. The meeting provided an opportunity for us to meet each other and discuss next steps. It was particularly encouraging to see widespread support for the campaign from different political parties (quotes of support below). People were united to save the library.

During the meeting we facilitated three conversations:  1) how we build the campaign over the coming weeks 2) how people can volunteer and 3) new and innovative ideas for a sustainable future for the library.

One priority that emerged from the meeting is for us to prepare a formal submission to Devon County Council asking for an urgent re-classification of Braunton library from a “smaller and less-well used” library to a “medium to large” library reflecting its true status and enabling us to engage in a full consultation about its future. We will seek endorsement for this proposal at next Wednesday’s Public Meeting.

We are now busy going through all your ideas and suggestions from the meeting and will keep you updated on next steps. In the meantime here are some things we can do:

  1. FILL IN THE CONSULTATION: https://new.devon.gov.uk/libraryreview/feedback-form/
  1. PUT UP POSTERS: Please do continue to put up posters around Braunton. Let’s make our campaign known. The poster can be downloaded by clicking one of the following links as either a word document or a pdf file.
  1. BRAUNTON ROTARY FAIR: Monday 26 May: – Many thanks to Liz Spear for organising some space at the Fair on Monday.  Could you please email me ASAP on benhewitt_uk@yahoo.com if you can volunteer for one hour between 11am and 4pm (Please let me know which hour!). We will be collecting petition signatures at the event.
  1. PUBLIC MEETING: Wednesday 28 May: Please do get as many people as possible to attend. It is important we show Councillors that Braunton Library is a much loved and active part of our community (7.30pm Braunton Parish Hall, Chaloners Road)

Finally, ITV came to Braunton this week too and here is a copy of their news report:   http://itv.co/1gTSIto

There will be lots more coming up and a very big THANK YOU to everyone involved  – SAVE BRAUNTON LIBRARY!!!

Quotes of support below…

Ben

Support for Braunton Library
Peter Heaton-Jones (Conservative candidate): “Braunton cannot be placed in the same category as libraries in the sparsely-populated rural areas, and yet this approach is being adopted by the consultation.”

Mark Cann (Labour Candidate): “Braunton Library is a cornerstone of the local community and I’m hopeful that with concerted public pressure we can save Braunton Library and I’m happy to be a part of that campaign”

Nick Harvey MP (Liberal Democrat): “Libraries provide a vital community service both for leisure and educational purposes. Any moves to close or rationalize Braunton Library is clearly a retrograde step”

 

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Pictures from excellent campaign meeting for #SaveBrauntonLibrary last night

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The Save Braunton Library Campaign will be on ITV news at 6pm this evening (Thur) #savebrauntonlibrary

SAVE LIBRARYDon’t miss the feature this evening at 6pm  on ITV news on the Save Braunton Library Campaign.

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Great Ocean Quarterly and also a screening of Musica Surfica in the UK

Screenshot 2014-05-18 22.45.31A big heads up for issue 2 of a new magazine covering the ocean, arts and ideas called Great Ocean Quarterly – Arts, Ideas and the Sea Inside Us. It’s run by among others the fantastic Mick Sowry who made the wonderful Musica Surfica. You can become a subscriber here.

Whilst we’re at it, if you’re going to be anywhere near London on Saturday 31st May then don’t miss a special screening of Musica Surfica at at Kings College, London as part of the Australia New Zealand Festival of Literature and the Arts. You can get tickets here.

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