Maria Caulfield MP joined Ringmer residents and volunteers to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the re-opening of Ringmer Library.
Ringmer Library was closed by East Sussex County Council in a move vocally opposed to by Maria Caulfield MP and local residents in and around the village. However local residents were able to come together and form a volunteer group to run the library with the help of the Village Hall. On Saturday 8th June celebrations were held at the library to mark the first anniversary since it reopened.
Since re-opening Ringmer Library have raised and spent over £1850 on new books, with a policy to always to have the top ten paperbacks in stock and hardbacks by popular authors. The Library provide public internet access, individual computer help sessions on Wednesdays, and weekly rhyme-times for children on Thursdays at 2pm.
The birthday celebration began with the singing of happy birthday, author Helen Peters was in attendance signing books, including the new Jasmine Green book, “An Otter Called Pebble”. There was art activities for children, music from the Awesome Trouble Sisters, coffee and cake, and a giant book and DVD sale to raise funds for the library.
Maria Caulfield MP said “I was opposed to the closure of libraries across the county, particularly in rural areas like Ringmer that don’t have great public transport links. It is wonderful that the community was able to come together and ensure that the library was able to reopen. It is great that the volunteers have kept the library going for a year and I wish them a very happy birthday and hope that the library will be able to remain open for many years to come.”