History of the Friends of Colyton Library from 2007 to 2019, and its Present Function
Friends of Colyton Library (FoCL) was created in 2007
following a successful campaign to prevent the closure of Colyton Library
by Devon County Council. The Friends group has been active in supporting
the library, encouraging more usage, running events and fundraising.
Friends provide regular events, book launches and a monthly coffee morning
in the library on Tuesdays to which anyone and everyone is invited.
The 'Friends' campaigned for and achieved the modernisation and
refurbishment of the Library in 2011. This provided more space and a better
environment. This work was funded by DCC with help from Colyton Chamber of
Feoffees, Colyton Parish History Society and the Friends of Colyton Library
and was much welcomed and appreciated by the residents of Colyton and
The next change also occurred in 2011, when DCC had to reduce expenditure
on Libraries due to their reduced budget. This resulted in the opening
hours of our Library being reduced from 16.5 hours to 12.5 hours per week,
of which one session per week, 2.5 hours, is run by FoCL
volunteers, trained by Devon
Library Service. (DLS)
The use of
enables people to borrow and return books, browse and use the
computers. This session is know as
is reasonably well used. It includes a monthly coffee morning.
Part of the
refurbishment included the installation of a self service machine
for borrowing and returning books which has
enabled the volunteer session. Volunteers also support children's events
and assist with the Book Track reading scheme.In 2014
DCC once again faced a major challenge due to the requirement to
make major savings.
In 2015 DCC decided that the most effective way to achieve this was to set
up the Devon Library Service as a mutual organisation, named 'Libraries
Unlimited' (LU) which is a charity. DCC now commissions the library service
from LU. This does not affect the delivery of the current service. Colyton
is classified as a small library and our challenge is to work with the
community and DLS to identify how we can make changes, including reducing
our running costs by making recurring savings and to provide a successful
library experience that reflects the needs of the 21st Century.
Transfer of ownership of Colyton Library building to Colyton Parish
One way to reduce the running costs and to provide more security for the
service was to transfer the ownership to a partnership between Colyton
Parish Council (CPC) and Friends of Colyton Library who are now responsible
for the maintenance of the building.
The Library service continues
to be provided and managed by DLS. There is a formal lease between FoCL and
the CPC and a license between FoCL and LU.
Friends of Colyton Library and are extremely
pleased to have achieved this new partnership as are the Colyton Parish
Council and the Chamber of Feoffees who are all determined to keep a
thriving library for the community of Colyton and Colyford.
Developments 2015 -20182015
charitable status to be a charitable company for tax purposes , number
EW39477. This enables FoCL to apply for certain grants and for gift aid.
A successful application was made to the Skipton
Building Society for £500.00 to install a bench to provide a place to sit
and use the library's WiFi outside opening hours.2017 – 2018
The major effort at this time was to secure funds for the installation of
photovoltaic cells on the library roof to generate income and reduce the
electricity bill. The target of £5,000.00 was successfully achieved and the
electricity is now being generated.2019 and onwards
We are focusing on
• continuing to raise the profile of this
community library and to broaden its use
• maintaining an active
programme of events for children and adults
• fundraising and working
with the library staff to encourage more participation with the children and
• working with the community of Colyton and Colyford, to
maintain and run the library in a manner that is sustainable and within
budget and meets the community's need.Current Activity
Following the success of the WiFi bench which is well used by all and
especially by the young people it was decided to improve the area.
Working with the young people of Colyton and Colyford, an art competition
for the 11-16 age group has been held and the winning entry has been
laminated and hung on the wall. This area has been improved. An event to
celebrate this achievement and to present the prizes was held in October
2019.How can you help?
This is a community
library which means that ideas for the future are all very welcome. Please
do contact us if you wish to get involved with the future of the library or
can contribute in any way.
Please contact the Chairman of Friends of
Colyton Library.Jane Dauncey Tel: 01297 552514
Library telephone number: 01297 552877