News for May 2015

Special event for Friends and Volunteers – 23rd June at 7pm – Victoria Summerley – Secret gardens of the Cotswolds

Local author Victoria Summerley has kindly agreed to come and do a special presentation on her beautiful book The secret gardens of the Cotswolds. This is a special event to thank our Friends and Volunteers for all their support so admission will be by invitation only.


Duke of Edinburgh students – we are delighted to have 4 students from Farmor’s school volunteering in the library as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award.


New DVDs – on order for delivery in June – The theory of everything, Selma, The second best marigold hotel, Testament of Youth, Into the woods and Big Hero 6.

Visitor Information at the Library

We offer a Lechlade tourism leaflet, self-guided walks, information on local history and brochures for the many local attractions. Looking for somewhere to take the kids this summer – why not come in and see what’s on offer? Friends down for the weekend – why not pop in and get some new ideas on places to visit?

April events


Story Time: every week at 11.00. Stories and poetry for children of all ages and their grown ups

Job Club: every week from 10.00 – 12.00. Support for those seeking employment including job search, CV writing and interview skills


Story Time: every week at 11.00. Songs, rhymes and stories for pre-school children and their grown ups


Stories on demand: every week from 10.00 – 13.00 volunteers will read stories to children of all ages – just drop in with your children and stay as long as you like

March news



Easter Closing: the library will be closed from Friday April 3rd to Monday April 6th inclusive reopening on Tuesday 7th April at 10 am.

Extended DVD rental: DVDs borrowed on 2nd April can be kept until 7th April for just the standard charge of £1.50 for a new release and £1 for an older title.

World Book Night 23rd April: Lechlade Library has been selected to receive a number of books to give away on Thursday 23rd April as part of World Book Night. The aim of the scheme is to encourage people to read more books -something dear to the hearts of all Library Volunteers! 

New kitchen up and running! A new kitchen area for making teas and coffees for volunteers is now open in the rear lobby of the library. “We were worried about volunteers carrying hot drinks down the steep stairs in the library so we have taken the opportunity to install a kitchenette in the rear lobby with the support of Gloucestershire County Council” Sue Coakley, Chair Lechlade Library Ltd

February 2015

Help with dementia – for people with dementia, their carers and family. The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians, with funding from Arts Council England have provided every library with 25 books which aim to provide support and advice for people with dementia as well as their carers and family. These books are available to borrow free – just like any other library book.


Volunteer opportunities: Do you have 3 hours to spare per fortnight? We have opportunities for volunteers to help run the Community Library. No experience necessary as training and support are provided. 

Contact Lechlade Library: 01367 252 631 or e-mail


New books: New books are added to stock each week. You can also reserve books from the County’s online catalogue of books and have them delivered free to Lechlade library.


Family history: Help is available with research into Family History. Contact us to book an appointment

Free computer instruction: Whether you are new to computers or wanting to improve your skills we can help – you can use the computers in the library or bring your own e.g. Smartphone or iPad. Contact us to book an appointment.

Local History

We currently have a display of photographs and maps depicting Lechlade in the war years in the main section of the library. The display has been provided by members of the Lechlade History Society and will be on show throughout October. A fascinating insight into the effects of the war on this small rural community.

Autumn cooking

A couple of new titles to inspire you to make something new this Autumn or just to brush up on your cookery skills…

How to be a better cook Lorraine PascaleLorraine Pascale continues to make creative dishes out of everyday ingredients. Simple instructions and beautiful photographs make this a classic cookery book.

Mary Berry Cooks the perfect..Meanwhile the ever popular Mary Berry shows you how easy it can be to create a dish good enough for the Bake Off in her latest Mary Berry Makes the perfect….

News for October

New Flower tubs

Lechlade Library are delighted to have joined forces with the Town Council to improve theCommunityLibraryTubs look of the Market Place one of the many projects for the Town identified in the Neighbourhood Plan. Two of the old tubs in the Market Place have been replaced by new oak tubs outside the library which will be looked after by the library volunteers. “We are delighted to be helping the Town Council in this way and have already received lots of lovely comments from visitors and local residents on how pretty the tubs look” Sue Coakley, Chair of Lechlade Library. (see photo).

Ancestry Workshop 4th October 10 am -1 pm

On 4th October the Gloucestershire County Archive team, together with the Lechlade History Society, will be running an Ancestry Workshop at the Library from 10 am till 1 pm. Anyone who is interested in learning more about their ancestry or the history of the town is very welcome to come along. This is a free event and there is no need to book. (The library will be open as usual during the workshop).

 Footfall up 20%

Visitors to the library, as well as our many new and existing customers, have generated a footfall over 20% higher this summer than it was last year. The new signage above the door and the extended Visitor information including a new leaflet promoting the town, walks guides and a wealth of local knowledge have all made the Visitor Information Centre a great success. Visits were arranged for volunteers to both Filkins Woollen Weavers and Kelmscott Manor to improve our knowledge of local attractions. Future visits to Buscot House and the Cotswold Wildlife Park are planned.

 Improved facilities for volunteers

We are improving the facilities for our volunteers by installing tea and coffee making facilities on the ground floor of the library. The replacement of the old floor standing boiler by the County with a modern wall mounted boiler has freed up space to install a small kitchen counter and sink in the back lobby. This will mean that volunteers can have a quick cuppa without having to carry hot drinks down the steep library stairs.

 Library AGM 22nd October 7.30 pm

The AGM of Lechlade Library Ltd who run the Community Library will be at 7.30 pm on 22nd October. All volunteers and Friends of the library will receive an invitation to the AGM.