Monthly Archives: January 2011

Statement of support from best-selling author and trainer Neil Griffiths

Support for Friends of Gloucestershire keeps flooding in – Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries are thrilled to have received a statement of support from best-selling author and trainer Neil Griffiths. Neil was a Primary School headteacher for 13 years before taking … Continue reading

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Letter of support from 20 Gloucestershire writers – including Jilly Cooper!

We are delighted to have recieved an open letter of support jointly signed by 20 Gloucestershire writers, including some very famous names! Libraries are a gateway to knowledge. They are places where children learn to love reading, and where that … Continue reading

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Revised proposals from GCC – and our response

Today (31st January) Gloucestershire County Council announced revisions to their plans for the library service. The main points are as follows: The cuts to the service will be reduced by £500,000 – this money has been ‘found’ as the Council have … Continue reading

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“Libraries improve quality of life for older people” : GOPA

Councillors Hawthorne and Noble have frequently rebuffed criticism of their devastating plans to hack up our public library service with claims that they have to do it to protect vulnerable members of the community. Independent research conducted by GOPA (Gloucestershire … Continue reading

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National day of library action – Gloucestershire events

Library users across the county will be participating in the national day of action in libraries on Saturday 5th February. It is fantastic that events are planned at so many libraries across the county, and we urge people of all ages, … Continue reading

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Heart-felt plea to reconsider “cruel and shortsighted” library cuts

We have received a copy of the following heart-felt letter from one of our supporters to the Councillor responsible for libraries, Councillor Noble. Alice has kindly allowed us to publish it here. Alice is right, regardless of political affiliations, the … Continue reading

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Kate Mosse – library closures will have “very significant long-term consequences”

We are delighted to have received a letter of support from novelist Kate Mosse. Kate is the bestselling author of ‘Labyrinth’, ‘Sepulchre’ and ‘The Winter Ghosts’, and was a popular visitor to the 2009 Cheltenham Literature Festival. Kate says: I’m writing … Continue reading

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