Monthly Archives: April 2011

Rev. Keith Hebden – ‘We need to continue to speak truth to power’

This guest post is written by Rev. Keith Hebden of Matson, Gloucester, who was one of the organisers of protests by Matson residents against the imminent closure of their public library: Holy Week is a good time to reflect on how the … Continue reading

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Library users being frozen out of negotiations on the future of their own libraries

Gloucestershire County Council have refused to engage with Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries for months. We have received “I do not intend to respond in detail” replies from Council Leader Mark Hawthorne.  “In light of the forthcoming legal challenge I cannot … Continue reading

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FoGL meet with DCMS officials over concerns around GCC’s library plans

Yesterday, representatives of library user group Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries travelled to Westminster to meet with officials from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). DCMS is the central government department with responsibility for superintending local authority’s provision of … Continue reading

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When is a library not a library…?

When it’s a mobile library…. At least according to Gloucestershire County Council leader Mark Hawthorne, and Cabinet member with responsibility for libraries Antonia Noble. A Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries supporter submitted a complaint to the County Council’s standards committee regarding Councillors Noble and … Continue reading

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FoGL speak for libraries resolution at Gloucestershire WI

On Thursday 7th April, I was invited to attend the Gloucestershire Federation of the WI’s debate day, to speak in favour of the resolution: “This meeting urges Her Majesty’s government to maintain support for local libraries, as an essential education … Continue reading

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Inaccuracies and misleading claims in new GCC cabinet report on library cuts

This week, we obtained a new Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet report on the future of Gloucestershire’s libraries. Please see below a letter written by former Assistant Head of Gloucestershire libraries, John Holland, to the Department of Culture Media and Sport … Continue reading

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The Hawthorne Hypocrisy

Libraries are a really hard issue for me. I’ve spent a lot of time recently talking to library users, staff and Gloucestershire people about libraries – and it is clear just how much they are valued… I don’t want to … Continue reading

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