Haddenham Community Library (HCL) is one of fourteen community libraries in Buckinghamshire and came into existence in 2012 when the County Council was seeking financial savings. It is now a partnership with the County Council who employ (but do not fully fund) two staff, supported by a rota of fifty trained volunteers. It is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. It has a board of local trustees and its president is Simon Vickers of Rectory Homes.
HCL has a mission to offer lifelong learning opportunities – not just the usual library services - to the whole community, including Cuddington, Chearsley, Dinton and Stone. It relies significantly on financial support from local organisations, in particular Haddenham Parish Council and Rectory Homes, but also Haddenham Beer Festival Trust, Haddenham Fete, Hadddenham Garden Centre, Rotary, Haddenham Village Society and others. This support is becoming more crucial year by year as County Council budgets continue to be reduced.
The library aims to welcome new residents in the village and staff are happy to give informal advice and ideas about living in Haddenham. There is a booklet about all the village activities available (£1). There is free wifi and computers for public use. There are regular sessions for people who want help and advice about their personal computer /laptop/tablet.
Regular users of library facilities are two bridge clubs, a yoga class, knitting and spinning groups and Haddenham Village Society. There are displays of art and photography by local groups. Haddenham Children’s Centre has an office in the library and runs activities for families on Mondays and Wednesdays. Saturday mornings include craft and Lego clubs.
HCL has strong links with the three primary schools in the village and with Stone and Dinton/Cuddington schools. Pupils visit the library as groups and the library manager visits the schools and organises book groups.
The children’s area is being fully refurbished in autumn 2017 and there are plans to extend the building to create a separate meeting room and toilet. November 2017 sees the fifth anniversary of HCL, with guest speakers and activities for children.
07 September 2017