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Friends of Milborne Port Library (FOMPL) - April 2018

Black FOMPL logo002The promised consultations with Somerset County Council took place on 6 March Many thanks to all who attended; it was particularly interesting to hear individual concerns and lively questions, particularly from newcomers who have not followed the issues since 2010. There has been a lot of information on the SCC website, as well as documents that have been seen by some of our trustees giving them longer to look at the detail.

That evening five of the Friends Trustees and SCC's Sue Crowley and Oliver Woodhams attended a Parish Council meeting which gave the Parish Council a chance to further question them. Again the replies and solutions are far from black or white, in particular because the consultations have not ended. The Parish Council decided we need a sub committee to decide on the best way ahead for the village library, This will consist of two Parish Council members and three members of the Friends of the Library,

On Thursday 15 March, four FOSLs (Friends of Somerset Libraries), including one trustee from Milborne Port, met with the SCC Councillor, his assistant and the same SCC libraries section officers in Taunton, to discuss progress and some feedback that FOSL has given. FOSL may have identified a different sustainable way to balance the books as well as making observations on the way current documents and website areas have been taken.

For the future, SCC and FOSL in April will visit Devon who have contracted out library services to see if any solutions lie there. The battle continues! Cheer up, the days are getting longer!

On a brighter note – it was great to welcome Michael Partington back to the village. He gave a stunning recital on Saturday evening, covering a range of composers from the 15th to the 21st century. Although it was a bitterly cold night, those of us who braved the weather really enjoyed such an accomplished and varied recital. It was also especially great to welcome Christine Partington back into the fold, after her recent spell in hospital.

Meanwhile do you remember the Library’s knitted daffodils and sheep? Well, it seems they are moonlighting in the ‘spring window’ of the Slipped Stitch in Sherborne!

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