The Old Library turns three!

September 21 2019
The Old Library turns three!

As many of you will be aware The Old Library on Muller Road was taken over by a small group of passionate and motivated residents back in 2016 in an effort to save the local resource .

With little more than determination, a huge amount of good will and hard work South Lockleaze and Purdown Group was formed and took over the space. It is a truly fantastic example of how a community can mobilise together with shared aims and make old spaces work in new ways and most importantly keep the community resources alive. It is 100% run by volunteers and opens to the public as a community cafe serving lunch (on Friday and Saturday) and drinks and light snacks on Wednesday. The Old Library functions as a trust Library where people can borrow books, DVDs and games and return them when they are finished with them, so if you have not yet visited then please pop in, our opening times our on our website. 

Free opportunities and activities during the week are also on offer including a conversation club for those that do not have English as a first language on a Wednesday afternoon and an open drop in advice from Get Well Get On for employed people who are challenged by their physical or mental health and need support to stay in work. There is an inclusive choir on Fridays mornings singing upbeat songs with actions which is welcoming to anyone who fancies a lively singalong. There are also a range of other activities throughout the week including community yoga, a quiz night, board game night, Stay and Play, Sling Library as well as many other activities. To find out more please visit the website www.theoldlibrary.org.uk or follow us on facebook for regular updates and announcements.

In September and October we have a very busy schedule and lots of exciting events going on so please do join in. We would like to share a few of our highlights that we
are really looking forward to. The biggest and most important one for the diary is that we are going to be celebrating our 3 rd  Anniversary party! September 21 st  1pm -6pm
our doors, and gorgeous garden will be open to everyone to come and help us celebrate and fundraise to keep on going. Expect plentiful cakes, a bar, bbq and live music as well as many fun activities such as throw a lightbulb, make your own flower garland and press your own apple juice! We are also delighted to announce that The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Jos Clark will be attending the event and will be accompanied by Stephen Williams so please come along and join us all in celebrating 3 years of The Old Library. We hope to see you there.

Buzz Lockleaze and The Old Library have been working in partnership and have been lucky enough to be chosen to be a part of the Celebration of Age Festival this 
year. On October the 17 th  1.30pm – 4.30pm we will be holding a 1950s Remember When …… event. There will be a chance to reminisce by singing classic songs of
that era with the wonderful Kate Staniforth, a test of your memory with a fun quiz and a great classic movie shown to finish off the afternoon. It is a totally FREE event, transport can be arranged from the local area and afternoon tea and refreshments will be provided. So if you know of a friend , neighbour or family member that might enjoy this event or even get a group of your own friends to come along and socialise then for more information or to book a place email hello@theoldlibrary.org.uk or call Buzz on 01172 690 006.

On Saturday 7th of September we welcomed the return of our Saturday café after the volunteers have had a well-earned rest. If you are not able to visit The Old Library during the week then please do come along on Saturday 10-2pm; we have a fantastic garden space which is great for children of all ages and a lovely way to connect to nature for everyone. There is delicious and affordable lunches for adults and children alike; and plans afoot for more child friendly activities for the autumn
too, so watch this space. 


We are also hoping to get involved with the Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 27th September, however we will need more volunteers to make it viable so if you are
able to volunteer a few hours on the morning or could contribute a cake for sale we would be very grateful. As ever, we would always appreciate any help to keep our great community resource going so if you feel as though you have the time to volunteer and contribute to cooking , serving ,gardening or helping run our events then we would love to hear from you. You can contact Lara at hello@theoldlibrary.org.uk. We will also shortly be recruiting new Directors to join the board so if you have the management skills required to help steer the direction for the future then please get in contact to receive a role specification.