Category Archives: Support for Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries

Julia Donaldson, Children’s Laureate and author of The Gruffalo, meets with Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries

Julia Donaldson, Children’s Laureate, and author of The Gruffalo children’s books, took time this week, whilst visiting her family in Gloucestershire, to show her support for the Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries in their campaign to keep libraries open and maintain … Continue reading

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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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The Women’s Institute to campaign for libraries

We are thrilled to have received the news that the National Federation of Women’s Institutes voted in favour of campaigning in support of public libraries at their AGM today. Ruth Bond, Chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, said: … 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 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 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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FoGL march for the alternative

A number of FoGL supporters travelled to London on Saturday (26th March) for the TUC-organised ‘March for the Alternative’, to express their opposition to savage cuts to our libraries and other vital public services. Judging by the placards and banners … Continue reading

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