Update for May

Well, this Spring has certainly had a very odd approach to weather – with hot sunshine one week and freezing cold hail-storms the next.  Cross fingers for a decent summer…

Just to let you know that May is an important month for Blythe Bridge Centre & Library, and there are a couple of important dates for you to put into your diary.

As you may know ‘Support Staffordshire’ how has a permanent base at this centre.  Support Staffordshire was set up to make volunteering easy for anyone to attempt, and its advisers try very hard to match a volunteer to his or her dream task.  If, say, you had some time on your hands and wanted to put it to voluntary work, you would just say what your skills and preferences are, how much time you have to spare, what area you want to be in, etc etc – and they will try to fix you up.
You might be amazed to find that the few hours you give can bring extra skills to you, or even add to your CV!  One thing though is for sure: you will make new friends.

If you came to our Volunteers Day you will know about what happens next. All that you have to do is make an appointment; and a volunteering adviser will meet you at this centre to talk about lots of opportunities (no strings attached!).
Support Staffordshire advisers are all volunteers themselves so you can be sure they will grasp quickly what you want to offer.
To make an appointment, contact the Moorlands branch officer, Kathryn Bentham on 01538 381356 or email kathrynbentham@supportstaffordshire.org.uk

Diary date

One thing that has been very exciting is the number of new courses that kicked off this week, from language classes to sessions in arts & crafts.  They are all listed on our Events page, click here for details.

Publicity for Mixed Media Art course at the Blythe Centre

Publicity for the Mixed Media Art course at the centre

(By the way, don’t worry if you missed the first session, you can always join in the second week).

The Meakin Diaries, book coverBut the most appealing event is surely the talk from the ‘Penny Stamp Artist’ herself, Penny Meakin, which takes place in the evening of Wednesday 10th May from 7pm.
Penny found a collection of letters written by her grandfather when he was a soldier in the trenches of World War One – and she turned them into a book,  in the trenches of World War One – and she turned them into a book, ‘The Meakin Diaries’, that stands as a tribute to his courage.
Her account of how she came to write the book is complemented by some readings from it.  It will be a fascinating and moving event.
Tickets are available on the door, but to be sure of a seat, you need to buy them from the counter at the centre.


As well as the ‘tearoom’ which is now up and running – coffee just £1 a cup! – there are a number of sales points.  You can buy art, crafts, cards and even redundant books.  If you want to come in and browse to find something original and fun, please drop in.
All sales benefit the centre’s finances too!

And for all the ‘bibliophiles’, this month’s Adult Book of Month, recommended by our volunteers, is The Girl You Left Behind – a hauntingly romantic and utterly irresistible weepy from Jojo Moyes.  It is a story set in 1916 of a young French wife whose husband is away at the Front.
If you have enjoyed a book you have borrowed from the library, mention it to one of the volunteeers – and it could be a Book Of The Month too…

PS – please keep sending us your impressions of this new venue and your ideas for it, no matter how unusual, and not just about its role as a library but as a community hub.  Just email blythecentre@gmail.com or leave a comment in the Reply box below.

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