Community Library at Pontesbury: March 2018

Atlantic Ladies – They’ve Done It!

Crossing the finishing line!
It is almost a year since Di Carrington came to the FoPL AGM to talk about how she was hoping to row across the Atlantic. Now she and her two crew members have actually done it! Many, many congratulations to the team: well-known local Di Carrington, Elaine Theaker from Abergavenny and Sharon McGrath from Shrewsbury. They have rowed 2,600 miles across the ocean since they set off in December, facing high seas and dangers right up to the last 50 nautical miles. In fact, they capsized twice during the final 24 hours. Taking the oars for two hours on and two hours off, they rowed for 60 days, 18 hours and 34 minutes. It is likely to be confirmed that they have broken not one, not two, but three Guinness World Records – an amazing performance of endurance and courage. The women have completed what’s known as the ‘toughest race in the world’ to raise money for their individual charities:
• Relapsing Polychondritis UK (Di)
• Alzheimer’s Society (Sharon)
• Motor Neurone Disease Association (Elaine)
If you’d like to make a donation visit and simply click on the Make a Donation box near the top on the left-hand side. We wish them a wonderful homecoming and hope to join them to celebrate their achievements following their return. Plans are underway, so keep your eyes open for them.
‘The Reader’ takes up residence
On Saturday 3 February a large crowd braved the weather for this special event. Local artist Bill Sample presented his sculpture commissioned by the Friends of Pontesbury Library entitled ‘The Reader’. Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, performed the unveiling honours. There was delight and spontaneous applause as Councillor Picton revealed the seated figure. Those who attended expressed their delight and pride in having such a beautiful and significant piece of artwork outside their library. Bill Sample was on hand to explain how he had carved the sculpture from a piece of a fallen Douglas Fir tree salvaged from Pontesford Hill. If you missed hearing Bill, do listen to his interview and see pictures of ‘The Reader’ as the sculpture progressed at Bill has given his time for free as he believes, based on personal experience, that libraries are an important and essential resource. We welcome ‘The Reader’ to its new home. Our grateful thanks go to Bill Sample, Lezley Picton, Councillor Nick Hignett, Councillor Duncan Fletcher, and to everyone who attended.

Bill Sample with ‘The Reader’ and Councillors Lezley Picton and Nick Hignett.
Pontesbury Players’ Panto Dick Whittington
Many thanks to Pontesbury Players for letting FoPL organize the raffle again this year to fundraise for the Library. We made nearly £600 and thoroughly enjoyed watching their sparkling performances. Our thanks go to writer and director Malcolm Whittall, the cast and backstage crew for such memorable entertainment and their continuing support.
Lottery Winners
Many congratulations to our February winners:
1st Nadine Jenkins, 2nd Jane Sharp, 3rd Garry Homer
To join the Library Lottery or buy more numbers and increase your chances of winning simply fill in the form at the Library or visit our website and click on Library Lottery.
Charitable Status
The Friends of Pontesbury Library is officially a charitable trust, having met the requirements of the Charity Commission. This means that FoPL will now be able to receive gift aid and apply for grant funding in the future. Thank you to all those members who attended the meeting to approve the Constitution, particularly as the weather was so inclement.
Dates For Your Diaries
Spring Plant Sale: Saturday 28 April 10am onwards at the Library.
If you’re sorting out the garden, please think of helping to keep the Library open by donating:
plants and seedlings, gardening books, cakes and biscuits, raffle prizes.
All donations can be brought along to the Library on the afternoon of Friday 27 April 2:00 – 4:00 as well as from 9am on the day of the Spring Plant Sale itself.
Call For Santa Fun Run/Walk Teams
It’s still very early in the year but after the 2017 Santa Fun Run/Walk we are planning to make the 2018 occasion an even more successful community occasion. We want to encourage teams of prospective Santas from local groups, businesses and organizations to sign up early e.g. sports clubs, U3A groups, church and uniformed groups, schools, health and social care services. What about your street or estate entering a neighbourhood team? Just let the FoPL know either by calling in to the library, via our website or approaching committee members, if your organisation is interested to raise a team of around five members. We will then get back to you with more details.

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