Category Archives: Library Interest Groups

Cllr. Hawthorne spins away.. while Lechlade Library Working Group set the record straight

Since an injunction was issued by the High Courts halting the implementation of  Gloucestershire County Council’s library cuts until the case for judicial review has been heard on July 7th, Gloucestershire County Council have, in their usual rather bullish manner,  … Continue reading

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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 housebound club volunteer – “We all need to realise how important these places are”

A few weeks ago a photographer from the Independent on Sunday visited Hesters Way Library to take some pictures at the club for housebound library users. The club meets once a month, and gives library users who are usually housebound a chance … Continue reading

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Indices of deprivation and GCC’s library strategy

Health warning – the following is long and contains statistics, but we thought it worth posting as it may be of help to local library user groups campaigning against the cuts to their services. Indices of Deprivation and Gloucestershire County Council’s … Continue reading

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MPs Richard Graham and Neil Carmichael back GCC library plans despite local opposition

On 28th February, Gloucestershire MPs Richard Graham (Con – Gloucester) and Neil Carmichael (Con – Stroud) took part in a parliamentary debate on the ‘Big Society’. Unsurprisingly, libraries came up in the debate, with Richard Graham particularly commenting on Matson Library, earmarked for … Continue reading

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“Save Gloucestershire Libraries” Facebook Group

A Facebook group has been set up called “Save Gloucestershire Libraries”. If you want to join it you can find it here.  There has also been a page set up that promotes all of the great work public libraries and … Continue reading

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