Libraries count down to independence day

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Three village libraries are ramping up their fundraising efforts as they prepare for a drastic cut in council budgets which kicks in from January.

Friends groups have been hard at work raising cash for Deddington Library, Hook Norton Library and Adderbury Library so they can pay library staff and train volunteers to replace staff whose hours have been cut.

Bryn Williams, of the Friends of Deddington Library, said: “It’s going from strength to strength. We’re probably about 30 per cent of the way there in terms of the number of volunteers and subscribers we need.

“We’ve got nine volunteers signed up and they have undergone training at Oxfordshire County Council. We are also training them in the library so they will be ready for the handover in January.”

The group needs to raise £6,000 each year to fund staffing.

It has already paid Oxfordshire County Council for the first quarter of 2015 and is now fundraising for the second instalment due in April.

It is hoping to recruit 200 subscribers who will each pay £2-£3 each month to secure the funding. Its next fundriaisng events is the family friendly Festive Frolics with Circus Berzercus at the Windmill Centre in Deddington on Saturday. Doors open at 3pm, show at 3.30pm.

In the evening there will be a Cotswold Comedy Club event at the same venue. Doors open at 7.30pm ahead of the show at 8pm. Tickets for both events can be purchased from Deddington Library and by phoning 01869 338 413.

Keith Mitchell of Friends of Adderbury Library said the group has already paid OCC £4,500 of the £9,000 it needs annually to keep the library open 20 hours each week.

Mr Mitchell said: “We don’t want to lose this and we’ve got to keep fundraising to meet that target.

“We will have to find ways to keep reminding people and find new ways of raising money.”

The group will hold a fundraising Festive Morning at Church House Adderbury on December 6 from 9.30-1pm.

The Friends of Hook Norton Library group has managed to secure funding to maintain the staffing of the library for the next three years, with funding from Hook Norton Parish Council and donations.

In each case the council continues to pay for the upkeep of the libraries, stock and a portion of staffing costs.