Grand Draw Result for Library Stalwarts
Stirling efforts of volunteers and supporters at Bembridge Community Library (BCL) raised nearly £1,000 from the Christmas Draw and the Christmas Coffee morning held on Saturday 9 December – this was well in excess of the 2016 total of £838.
Treasurer Chris Thornton said that the income from the annual Christmas Draw had exceeded £800, a record for the fund raising activity. Draw promoter Richard Beet said that the library was extremely grateful for the support of local businesses and individual supporters. “We were able to offer an impressive array of high-value prizes, many of which were kindly donated by local supermarkets, shops, restaurants and estate agents,” said Richard. “Once again Bembridge Business Association generously supported the annual event, offering £100 worth of Bembridge Shopping Vouchers as part of the extensive prize list.”
The Christmas Draw, together with income from the bric-a-brac stall and the sale of cakes, teas and coffees, realised a total of £973. Treasurer Chris said “This was a fantastic result bearing in mind it was a cold and frosty morning. Well done all who helped or supported in any way.”
Visitors were able to get into the spirit by joining in the festivities, and enjoying hot drinks and homemade cakes. The Bembridge Recorder Consort and the Bembridge Bell Ringers provided the entertainment as visitors searched for last minute bargains at the bric a brac and craft stalls which included the latest colourful creations from the Bembridge Library Stitchers.
Library users also took the opportunity to choose gifts and holiday reading from an extensive selection of nearly new books and jigsaws sold at bargain basement prices.
Chairman of the BCL Committee Jonathan Bacon said it was an “absolutely excellent result”.
The library, which was saved from closure six years ago by a small group of Bembridge people, has continued to thrive thanks to the dedication and commitment of its entirely volunteer work force and the support of Community Action Isle of Wight. It has grown into a self-supporting successful community hub, incorporating a versatile facility for meetings, and offering a free public internet resource, and providing the village’s only Tourist Information Point as well as sharing a building and close ties with the Bembridge Heritage Museum.
Bembridge Community Library is open all day on Mondays & Fridays and on Wednesday & Saturday mornings.