Minutes of Meeting - 3rd August 2015

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Friends of Honley Library

Minutes of meeting on Monday 3rd August 2015

Present: Joe Hodgson (Chair); Caroline Page; Anne Broadbent; Margaret Waterworth; Nita Steel; Jenny Bagworth; Linda Sharpe; Jenny Lockwood; Parish Cllr. Stephen Baggott; Pat Thompson (Minutes)

Apologies: Cllr. Charles Greaves

1. Minutes of last meeting and Matters Arising

The minutes of the last meeting were agreed and signed.

Food Bank Volunteers – At the Food Bank Volunteers (HV) meeting on 11th June 2015, it was agreed that we would no longer distribute food bags from Honley Library due to the lack of take-up of the service. The FBV(HV) will continue to have their meetings at Honley Library and will contact FOHL if they believe that there is a need to resume the service in the future. Thank you to everyone who gave their support to this service.

2. Treasurer's Report

Joe reported that the audit has now been completed by Leslie Chadwick, who teaches accountancy. It was agreed that Joe would send a letter of thanks, a bottle of wine and two tickets for our next event to Leslie.

Income £

Summer Readaround 45.50
Kirklees District Council 100.00
for Community Event

Total 145.50
Expenditure £

Pump vacuum flask 21.99
Community Event 20.74
Flip Chart 4.50
Total 47.23

Current Funds £

Bank 358.70
Cash in hand 21.37
Owed by Kirklees District Committee for provision of and serving
refreshments at the Community Event 100.00
Total 480.07

Joe said that he had declined Lisa's offer of support with the Treasurer's role as it is difficult for her to attend meetings. He is happy to continue with the role at present.

3. Events

Anne reported that the talk by Peter Marshall on 'Formidable Women in Honley's History on 8th June had been very successful, with 40 people attending. Peter's talk was very interesting and we made a total of £106.00 on the night.

We had two guests of honour at the event, Stephen and Amelia Dufton, who brought along the Citizen's Community Award, which they received on behalf of our previous Chair, Suzanne, for all the work that she had done for the library. Stephen has kindly left the Award for display in the library.

Our 9th Readaround, 'Poetry, Verses, Prose' on Tuesday 28th July was devoted to audience readings only. Despite it being in the holiday period, 20 people attended. Honley Pet and Hardware Store donated a voucher and the Co-op donated two bunches of flowers for Raffle prizes. It was a very enjoyable and informal evening and a total of £45.50 was raised for our funds.

Anne also thanked Caroline for her succinct, convincing and practical presentation at the recent Council Meeting. (see Developments)

On Saturday 1st August, some of the 'Friends' provided and served refreshments at a 'Community Grants Award' afternoon at the Community Centre, which was organised by Cllrs. Charles Greaves and Edgar Holroyd Dufton. (See AOB)

Future Events

Tuesday 22nd September from 7.30 – 9.00pm.
'An Audience with Julia Deakin'. Julia is a widely acclaimed poet, who has had three books published and has featured on 'Poetry Please'. Alison Brackenbury says that she is 'Bold, irreverent and wickedly funny'. Tickets will be on sale at the library in 2-3 weeks.

Tuesday 1st December from 7.00 – 9.00pm.
'Christmas Readaround'. As usual, we will be inviting the audience to read poems and there will be a special musical addition, together with our usual festive delights. This will be a ticket only event, so please make sure to book early.

The next Events Group meeting is on Monday 10th August at 12 noon, upstairs at the Gallery Cafe.

3. Developments

At the meeting with Jane Brady and Carol Stump on 9th June we expressed concern that Salma Dadd had intimated that Honley would become a Community Run Library. Carol gave reassurance that no decisions had yet been made and stressed that they had heard loud and clear that the FOHL have gone as far as possible with their support of the Library. She went on to say that there is no point in saying that Honley would be a Community Run Library as it would be setting us up to fail.

'Carnegie' funding for the setting up of Honley Library was discussed and it would seem that there was no stipulation that the building should remain a Library and there is no restricted covenant. However, in giving the Library, Andrew Carnegie obviously hoped that the Local Authority would continue to provide these facilities for the community.

Since the meeting, Caroline has contacted the Freedom of Information people, asking them to provide the deeds of the Library for our inspection. She has communicated with them approximately every 10 days, despite their claim to give information within 20 days of first enquiry. After her last letter, Caroline received a letter (dated 30th July) apologising for their lack of response and giving a named contact and telephone number, so she chased the application up once again. She will give them a week to reply and then try again if necessary. Stephen Baggot suggested that Caroline could complain to the FOI Commissioner if she was still unsuccessful.

The Library Consultation Report is now on the Kirklees Website. A short discussion on this followed. Anne felt that the statement that 59% of respondents wanted Community Supported Libraries was very misleading. However, in the context that this was in response to the three options set out in the Consultation, it is quite positive.

A Networking Meeting was held on 27th June at the Town Hall for 'Friends' Groups. Joe, Anne, Nita and Margaret W. Attended. Presentations were give by Carol Stump, Chief Librarian; Graham Turner, Cllr for Resources in the Cabinet and other Kirklees Officers who have responsibility for Community Development, Income Generation etc. Joe took some notes, which were circulated and discussed.

Apparently, the Government has promised to provide WiFi in every Library and there will be an announcement locally in the next few weeks, presumably when a decision has been made about the Kirklees Library Service.

Graham Turner said that they were reviewing the use and potential of all Council owned buildings but this was a massive task.

Salma put forward Honley Library as a good example of the use of volunteers and mentioned our present model of co-ordinating the rota.

Council Meeting on 29th July. Thanks were given by all present to Caroline, who gave a presentation regarding the work of FOHL and our aspirations for the future. All Councillors present were 100% in favour of maintaining libraries and there was also a lot of support for current library buildings.

Three other 'Friends' Groups also gave presentations but David Sheard commented that the issue was not just about these four Libraries but included all Libraries in Kirklees. Cllr Palfreyman warned that it would become competitive and that some libraries would not find it easy to find volunteers. There may need to be special arrangements, particularly for deprived areas.

The Cabinet will now discuss what they have heard, together with the Library Consultation and reports from Jane Brady and Carol Stump. The provisional date for the Cabinet Meeting is 22nd September, with a decision expected by the end of September if all Councillors agree. If not, the issue will be sent to the Scrutiny Panel.

4. Library Volunteers

We now have approximately 20 volunteers who have been trained to work alongside a member of staff in the library and we are at present covering 15 hours out of 27 hours opening times. The rota system is working well, even during the holiday period, with people signing up for whatever hours they are able to cover each month.

5. AOB

Evening Readers Group – Joe said that the next meeting will be on Thursday 13th August. Group members are now selecting the book to read, rather than leaving it up to him.

FOHL Web Site – Our Web site is now up and running, although we still need to have some training on keeping it up to date and providing links to Council Reports etc. This should happen in the next couple of weeks. Why not have a look and let us know what you think.

Go to www.friendsofhonleylibrary.org.uk and access it through Attracta Business Directory.

Linda Sharpe volunteered to attend the training so that she can update Events etc. Joe, Caroline and Pat also said that they would attend. If anyone else is interested, please let us know.

Honley in Bloom – the Civic Society and Village Trust arranged to re-paint the railings in front of the Library and the Council provided flower tubs in preparation for this event. Caroline, as a representative of FOHL, went on the tour of the village with the inspector, whose report will be published in September.

Since the inspection, the working party has done more work in tidying up the grounds at the back of the library and will also re-paint the railings there. The whole library site looks much better but Caroline said that there is still a lot of garden rubbish to remove. This will probably be done by Caroline and Mike, making a number of trips to the refuse site or perhaps borrowing a trailer.

There was some discussion about FOHL providing permanent flower tubs for the front of the library when the Council remove those that are currently in place. Everyone was in agreement with this.

Community Grants Award Afternoon – As previously mentioned, Charles approached FOHL about providing and serving refreshments during the afternoon at Stoney Lane Community Centre. We were paid £100 for this service.

Kirklees Rural District Committee made £2000 available for local projects. Projects taking part had information stalls and discussed their work with attendees, who were then given four votes which they could award to their favourite projects. At the end of the afternoon, £500 each was awarded to the four projects who had received the most votes, which were, 'Holmfirth Wildlife Rescue'; 'Meltham Brass Band'; 'Burhouse Court', for sports equipment; and 'Believe' which is a group set up by pupils at Honley High School to support young people in setting and achieving their goals.

Date of Next Meeting: Monday 7th September at 6.00pm at Honley Library