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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford Community Library

Bidford Library
Bidford Community Library welcomes you!

Since April 2012, Bidford Community Library Ltd. has been providing a full County Library service to the communities of Bidford-on-Avon and neighbouring villages.

The difference is that it is a Social Enterprise entirely run by enthusiastic volunteers!

Following initial financial support from Bidford Parish Council, the award of funds from Section 106 Planning Obligations enabled the Library to be completely refurbished in the Spring of 2018. It is now a lighter and more colourful place. The new shelving makes browsing easier and more enjoyable and has given us a more flexible space suitable for meetings and events.

Bidford Library
Knit and Natter meets every Wednesday.

A variety of groups now make use of the Library. For example:

  • Mondays 10.30am: Storytime, aimed at the very young members of our community.
  • Wednesdays 1.00 to 3.15pm: Knit and Natter followed by Click Clack for our younger members.
  • 3rd Friday of the month: CAB Outreach is available.
  • Play Reading, Creative Writing and Readers Groups meet regularly.
  • Computer courses aimed at older users.

BCL takes part in the national Summer Reading Challenge every year, and has been very successful – the best Community Library in the County!

The Library hosts a series of evening talks and events open to all. Topics have included Morris Dancing, Photography, Tai Chi, Cyber Safety and a very successful and entertaining literary evening with the author A.L. Kennedy. A popular Quiz and Fish Supper is held every February.

BCL is always looking for opportunities to offer a more extensive and better service to the local community. It has been successful in obtaining grants towards:

  • Books on Prescription – County Councillor Fund Grant. There is now an excellent Health and Wellbeing collection in the Library.
  • Digital Inclusion - Stratford District Council grant. Regular computer courses take place in the Library.
  • Heart of England grant – towards our very successful Knit and Natter group which continues to contribute much to charitable causes.

And our local Warner’s Budgens continues to support the library via its Community Saving Scheme – for each £10 you spend they give you a token to put in the box - don’t forget to ask for your tokens!

The Directors of BCL are very grateful for the continued support of Warner’s Budgens.

Bidford Community Library is more than just a library, it is a Community Service Centre where all are welcome – why not come and pay us a visit? Our volunteers will be more than happy to assist you.


The local Rotary Club chose the Library to host the presentation of awards from its Charity Breakfast and to launch its expansion to become the Alcester and Bidford Rotary Club. It kindly gave a donation to BCL.
 
Guy Warner of Warner’s Budgens presents a cheque to Director Elisabeth Uggerloese under the Community Savings Scheme.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED

Have you got a spare couple of hours a week or even per fortnight? Then why not become a volunteer at Bidford Community Library? The library is run entirely by volunteers. Would you like to become one of our friendly team?

More information, including an application form, can be read below:

Staffordshire County Council visited Bidford Community Library in 2015 to see how a community library was managed and how it could become successful. This video shows the results of their short case study.

The aims of Bidford Community Library Ltd.

The aims of the company are:

  1. To provide a library service for the local community and to facilitate a community hub to promote community cohesion;
  2. To provide social, entertainment and educational services and activities which could help reduce feelings of isolation and rural deprivation;
  3. To promote volunteering, interaction, communication and wellbeing between individuals, groups and businesses to enhance community spirit;
  4. To provide and develop IT facilities including internet usage for the community and to develop a support network for users as required;
  5. To encourage all sections of the community to use the services and facilities provided and to focus the provision on the needs as recognised and in particular to encourage new skills;
  6. To provide services by associating with voluntary organisations, local authorities, health organisations, local communities and local organisations in a common effort to provide services enabling individuals to move forward with their lives;
  7. To manage and improve the facilities and services of the Company which, in the opinion of the Directors, may enhance the sustainability of the Company.

Founder Chairman, the late Mike Gerrard and Director Angela Ballard meet Anne Fine, the well-known children’s author who opened Bidford Community Library.
 
Library volunteers with Anne Fine at the opening of the Library in May 2012.

Gloria and Angela restocking children’s books following refurbishment.
 
Jack Cross, Manager at Warner’s Budgens, performs the re-opening ceremony following refurbishment in May 2018. Photo courtesy of TWM Ltd.

Dancers from McCarthy-Felton School of Irish Dance perform at the Library Open Day May 2018.
 
Junior knitters from the Click Clack Club.

Angela Ballard, Chair of BCL Ltd, receives a very welcome cheque from Jack Cross of Warner’s Budgens from its Community Savings Scheme. Photo courtesy of TWM Ltd.
 
Directors of Bidford Community Library Ltd in January 2019.

Address

Bramley Way
Bidford-on-Avon
B50 4QG
(next to the school)

Opening Hours

Monday
10.00am to 4.30pm

Tuesday
10.00am to 4.30pm

Friday
10.00am to 6.00pm

Saturday
10.00am to 12.00 noon

Contact Information

Telephone: 01789 773239

Email:
info@bidfordlibrary.co.uk

Or visit our Facebook page

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