Anniversary ChoirCrowds thronged the Memorial Hall to celebrate the first birthday of Colehill Community Library (and the 40th year of its building).

After being threatened with closure several times, it became a community library thanks to the financial support of the residents of Colehill through an increased precept.

The first year has been a triumph thanks to the guidance of retired librarian Linda Roberts who co-ordinates and supports the 40 plus volunteers. The library is now a charity, managed by a small committee chaired by John Gooch, who spoke at the gathering, reminding everyone of the differences of life 40 years ago when petrol was 41p a gallon. Annette Brooke (Lib-Dem MP) who has supported the library since it was first threatened, joined the celebrations as did Michael Tomlinson, (prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate).

The Colehill Community Choir performed and there was a display of the history of the library, a local views quiz, a book sale and coffee and cake for everyone – including some local authors who came along show their support. A bookworm cake made by Lyn Nelsey was the main raffle prize.

Anniversary cake

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