Friends of Burton Bradstock Library (FBBL) About the FBBL
The Friends were formed in 2008 with two aims. One was to prevent the closure of the Burton Bradstock library, and the other was to preserve the library building (in the centre of the village) for community use.
Five years later we have achieved our aims with the creation of the Burton Bradstock Community Library and the building sub-leased to the Friends, allowing community use outside of library hours.
These achievements come at a price. To support the Community Library we had to agree to raise the (annual) costs of operating and heating the building (£2500) and provide 40 volunteers for the six 2 hour library sessions a week, and to clean and maintain the building.
To minimise these costs FBBL became a charity in 2009 to obtain Gift Aid and exemption from Council Tax on the building. There are 5 Trustees of the Friends, a Chairman, Treasurer and 3 other Trustees.
We raise these funds by having annual membership subscriptions (£5 for members, £25 plus for Patrons) and two fund raising events a year. Currently we have 40 Patrons and 146 members. Obviously this degree of support is essential, not just financially but to provide volunteers for the Community Library and, as we start to develop community use of the building, to help us reach out to support other interests in the village.
If you are not already a Friend of Burton Bradstock Library please give serious consideration to joining, whether you live inside or outside the village, or are a regular visitor to the area.
Membership forms are available in the library or on-line from this website, and can be returned to the Library or the Village Post Office.
To those of us who live in the village the strong sense of community is a very positive factor and we like to think that being a member of FBBL contributes to this feeling.
R.J. Hynds - Chairman of the FBBL Trustees
Telephone: 01308 897563
Renewal Line; 01305 224311