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The forming of a Friends of Braunton Library Group – We welcome your suggestions

Over 150 people have signed up to show interest in supporting a Friends of Braunton Library Group, clear encouragement to those of us styling ourselves the Founding Friends to get on with it.

As one of the people bringing the group together Paula Ferris says, “To me Braunton without a library is unthinkable. By that I mean a library that is professionally managed and run, benefitting from community input, but not dependent on it.”

Community input encompasses the traditional Friends’ role, the one envisaged in the County’s own Friends’ Guidelines.” But there is a much more pressing role. The sub-text of the utterly confusing Consultation Process appears to be that Devon County Council is looking to hold “conversations” with communities about the future of their library service and hopes appropriate groups will emerge from the process that they can talk to. We have staked a claim on behalf of the Friends of Braunton Library Group and will start engaging in these conversations. We are glad to note that the Parish Council has also indicated its interest.

Our current concern is that despite reclassifying Braunton Library as a Medium to Large library and appropriate for a Devon Centre Model we are still hearing representatives from Devon County Council talk about a “volunteer run or community run” library in Braunton. We welcome the decision by Councillor Roger Croad to reclassify Braunton Library reflecting its true usage and any future discussions regarding Braunton Library need to reflect its true usage and status as a Medium to Large Library and appropriate for the Devon Centre Model.

We wholeheartedly reject the proposal to hand Braunton Library over to the community or volunteers to run, even with support from a manager in Barnstaple or elsewhere. It is not sustainable due to the size and usage of the library and the catchment population it covers. We are also concerned about the lack of real evidence that community-managed libraries deliver real savings.

So what next?

We need to get Friends up and running with input from across the community. We have just installed a notice board in the Library, kindly donated by Slees, and a Suggestions Box, to share information and exchange ideas. Please use it.

Our first postings are the Founding Friends’ Response to the Consultation, and a draft Friends of Braunton Library Constitution. The Constitution has to be based on current County guidelines, which it is belatedly looking to revise, and is similar to those used elsewhere in North Devon. We have added a first aim that we hope you agree with – To support a Devon County Council run and funded Braunton Library employing professional staff, open 6 days a week. Your comments are welcome. The Constitution will be considered at the first general meeting which will be open to all and advertised here, in the Library and on a Parish Board.

What next? We hope to have a general meeting soon after the holiday season, and preliminary planning meetings beforehand for those who want to help – watch this space. County’s timetable is unclear but it is likely that serious discussions will start early in the autumn. Some libraries’ savings will need to be identified by April 2015.

Founding Friends:
Paula Ferris, Acting Chair
Ben Hewitt
Sarah Hotchkiss
Paula Newbery

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The Big Spring Beach Clean

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Join the Big Spring Beach Clean this weekend and help tackle the marine litter crisis.

In the wake of the winter storms our beaches have been impacted by marine litter on an unprecedented scale. Tide lines are covered in a thick, multi-coloured layer of marine litter as far as the eye can see. Cotton bud sticks, shipping crates, carrier bags, water bottles, fishing netting, cigarette butts, mermaid’s tears – the vast majority of it plastics.

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In response to these devastating beach scenes Surfers Against Sewage is calling on coastal communities to help tackle this crisis as part of the Big Spring Beach Clean.

Everyone is welcome at these fantastic events.

Saturday 29th March:

Crow Point: 10.30am – 12.30am

Croyde (Downend Car Park): 10am-Midday

Sunday 30th March:

Saunton Sands: 10am

Volunteer now before the problem becomes bigger than we are…

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Snowdrop Valley today

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Saunton Sands yesterday

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Saunton surf today

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Saunton sunset

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Saunton surfers

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Saunton panorama

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Tarka Trail

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Braunton Burrows

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Heanton Punchardon

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Lee Bay

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Sunset at Saunton

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Putsborough mist

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