Friends of Freshwater Library

HM Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon presented the Friends of Freshwater Library, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on Tuesday 9th July 2019.

During the ceremony, the Citation was read by the Deputy Clerk to the Lieutenancy

Friends of Freshwater Library

The Friends of Freshwater Library was set up in 2012 to save the library from closure and to revitalise it. The library was built in 1939 and has continued to make an effective and lasting difference to the local community over the following decades. When it was under threat of closure the Friends of Freshwater Library realised that this attractive building has been at the very heart of village life and therefore have worked tirelessly to preserve and protect both the building and the library service.

They have taken over the support for this classic local library, and continue to run and expand its services by running monthly events, running a local community cinema in the library on a big screen, selling retail items such as local calendars and tea towels, arranging talks and offering a varied programme of events and clubs.

This has been done by a team of volunteers who help run the library by committing to a weekly sessions, be it volunteer librarians, fundraising, doing the garden, running events or clubs, producing catering or anything else that needs to be done. The passion of the volunteers, to preserve the future of the library and to increase its offerings to the local community has been outstanding.

The Committee, who have a wide range of talent and expertise have built up over 200 local paid up members to support their efforts and run an outstanding volunteering organisation. This is a truly community based organisation. The standard of organisation and volunteering is very high and the Friends provide a first class facility for people of all ages.

The Friends of Freshwater Library is one of two charities on the Island to be awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.

More information on the charity can be found here.

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