Special ‘friends’ event at Passmore Edwards Centre

Posted on: 19 August 2015

Residents in Newton Abbot are being invited to explore the idea of setting up a ‘Friends of the Passmore Edwards Centre’ group.

Transformed into a new multi-service facility in 2012, the landmark Passmore Edwards Centre houses a modern 21st century library, adult and community learning facility, and services that are supporting people with learning disabilities as well as an IT suite with WiFi technology, café and meeting rooms available for local groups to use.

With plans to set up a new independent organisation to run the whole of Devon’s library service from April 2016, the Council is keen for community to get more involved in the centre, and support the library.

There will be two special events at the centre next week (Monday 24 August) for anyone interested in being involved in the library and its future. The first will start at 11am, and the second at 6.30pm.

Passmore Edwards Centre Manager, Cheryl Marshall said:

“We are always looking for friendly, outgoing people to get involved, and now with work underway to establish a staff and community owned ‘mutual’ to run libraries in the future, it is more important than ever for the people who care about the Passmore Edwards Centre to get involved.

“With the support of residents we can continue to be a vibrant community hub providing facilities, including innovate library services, to meet the changing local needs in our rapidly growing community.”

Roger Grainger, a library volunteer, said:

“The library in the Passmore Edwards Centre is a fantastic and valued resource in the heart of the town, already meeting a wide range of community needs, not just lending out books.

“As such, it’s a community facility that provides a real anchor point for many people and groups that use the centre regularly.

“There are lots of suggestions and ideas being made for new and different ways to maximise the potential of the library and a Friends’ Group would be a really effective mechanism to channel and test them out.”

For more information about what library Friends Groups do, please visit – http://www.devon.gov.uk/libraryfriendsgroups

Anyone unable to attend either meeting can express their views direct to the library, or alternatively they can contact library volunteer Roger Grainger who would be happy to discuss either by phone 07962 225865 or by email: rgraingerp@btinternet.com

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