Month: June 2016

Three mobile library vans withdrawn from Dorset

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A press release issued by Dorset County Council:

The future of mobile libraries has been decided

Dorset County Council’s Cabinet has voted to maintain one home mobile library service van and withdraw three mobile library service vans.

This decision follows a consultation with library users and local town and parish councils to look at alternative ways to access the library service.

People who are unable to access a library due to a disability or frailty will continue to have access to books, and other reading material delivered to their homes through a partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS).

The council are also encouraging community transport to help people have access to libraries. And we will continue to take the home mobile library service van to residential homes.

Cllr Deborah Croney, Dorset County Council cabinet member for learning and skills, said:

“These changes will help us focus provision of the mobile library service on people of all ages who cannot get to a library building.

“The consultation has given us a clear understanding of the issues and we will use this information with the local knowledge gained from the mobile library officers to work with local communities.”

The consultation identified that social isolation is a concern for some people and the council’s Partnership for Older People Programme (POPP) community development team has started working with communities to address the social aspect that the mobile library currently serves.

Dorset’s library service has joined the LibrariesWest consortium which means customers will be able to access libraries, ‘coast to coast’ from the Bristol Channel to the south coast. In some parts of Dorset the nearest library is in Somerset, and being part of the consortium means they can still access library services.

Full details of the report can be found at https://www.dorsetforyou.com/committees/county

To see the areas affected visit www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/mobilelibrary

 

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Concert at Burstock

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ANNUAL CONCERT

Under the Direction of Hilary Kenway

St Andrew’s Church, Burstock 

 Saturday 16 July at 6pm

 Adults £7.50  Under 16  £4

Followed by Buffet Supper

In aid of Burstock Church Funds

Volunteers needed for Broadwindsor Community Stores

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Broadwindsor Community Stores

Volunteers Wanted

Why not join the happy bunch of volunteers who run our very successful village shop?

We are always looking for people to supplement our band of helpers.

If you are a new to the area, it’s a great way to meet people. If you have lived here for some time, it’s a good way of keeping in touch with what is happening.

You will be trained to work the shop’s systems.

Call in at the shop and speak to Steve or Jane

or email Mandy at mandycrane99@hotmail.com to put your name down and find out more.

Beaminster Young Farmers: Barn Dance

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Beaminster Young Farmers

Barn Dance

Saturday 2 July

Burstock Grange Farm, DT8 3LL

7.30pm – Midnight

Dancing to Murphy’s Lore

£10 entry

including Hog Roast

Licensed Bar

Raffle in aid of Cancer Research

Contact Matt 07950932325

Discussions about the future of mobile libraries

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ndMobylib2 phot PT 8 10 2007Dorsets new High Tech Mobile Library
ndMobylib2 phot PT 8 10 2007Dorsets new High Tech Mobile Library

A press release issued by Dorset County Council:

The future of Dorset County Council’s mobile library service will be discussed next week.

The People and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee will consider the withdrawal of three mobile library vans and the impact on local residents.

This follows a consultation with library users and local town and parish councils to look at alternative ways to access the library service.

Working with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS,) people who are unable to access a library due to a disability or fraility will continue to have access to books, and other reading material delivered to their homes. And we will continue to take the home mobile library to residential homes.

Cllr Deborah Croney, Dorset County Council cabinet member for learning and skills, said:

“We are considering changes that focus the provision of the mobile library service for people who cannot travel to a library building. We are proposing that the home library service mobile library continues and are looking to find a different way of providing library services to those who cannot get to a local library.

“The feedback from mobile library users has been helpful in better understanding the impact on these changes and how some people will be able to continue to use library services in other ways. Due to ongoing funding reductions from national Government, we need to reduce the library service budget by a quarter over the next three years, which equates to around £1m. Savings will need to come from a range of areas, not just mobile libraries.”

The consultation identified that social isolation is a concern for some people and the council’s community development team is already working with communities to address the social aspect that the mobile library currently serves.

Dorset’s library service has joined the LibrariesWest consortium which means that customers will be able to access libraries, ‘coast to coast’ from the Bristol Channel to the south coast. In some parts of Dorset the nearest library is in Somerset, and being part of the consortium means they can still access library services.

Full details of the report can be found at https://www.dorsetforyou.com/committees/county