The latest news from the Old Library

September 29 2016
The latest news from the Old Library

The Old Library, Eastville, has big plans for the wiser residents amongst us

The Old Library, Eastville, has big plans for the wiser residents amongst us, with

a full schedule of activities and events taking place and planned for the future for

over 50’s.

Part of the Old Library’s provisions for over 50’s, the Old Library now holds

monthly sessions for those interested in hearing from local speakers and

discussing ideas and plans for getting involved in the community or with


The Old Library held their second Business, Volunteering and Campaigning drop

in session on Friday 18th November, where Old Library & South Lockleaze & Purdown founder, David

Walwin, shared his training experiences & inspirational plans for his upcoming

round-the- world sailing race in 2017, alongside guest speaker from the Royal

Voluntary Service discussing local opportunities and befriending in the area.

“It was fascinating to hear from David and really inspiring to hear what local

people are involved in, not just in the neighbourhood and Bristol, but further

afield,” commented a local resident, aged 68 from Rousham Road. “This was my

first time to the Old Library, and it was so enjoyable to meet with other

likeminded people at this session, especially with the fantastic cakes the Old

Library team provided for us!”

In the pipeline for over 50’s is also Christmas Wreath Making on the 11th

December (booking necessary), and after Christmas, lots of new craft activities,

local guided walks and further drop-in sessions, of which the South Lockleaze & Purdown group have

secured funding for via Bristol Ageing Better and the Big Lottery Fund.

“For those of us who sometimes struggle to make ends meet, especially in the

winter, it’s just fantastic to have a place to come to that’s just around the corner,

with fun activities to get involved in. It’s wonderful that these volunteers are

giving their time and efforts to give something back to their area, and it’s been

lovely to meet new people that live close by – It’s what community is about!”

To find out more about the Old Library activities, or to offer your skills or time to

help run more activities and events for the neighbourhood, please get in contact

with Emily at