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) a member of 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 create a modern, family friendly, welcoming library suitable for the 21st Century 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, Haddenham Village Society, Haddenham Screen 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 and volunteers are happy to provide information on all things Haddenham! There is free Wi-Fi and computers for public use. There are regular sessions for people who want help and advice about their personal computer /laptop/tablet, photocopying and scanning facilities.
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 by a local group. Saturday mornings include craft and Lego clubs, supported by local children volunteering for their Duke of Edinburgh awards.
HCL has strong links with the three village schools, and the children’s area was fully refurbished in autumn 2017. There are plans to extend the building to create a separate space and customer toilet facilities.
HCL continues to offer events from local groups like U3A writers group, as well as events with local actor Bruce Alexander and authors, including Clare Mackintosh, and Steve Cole. It truly is a community space.
24 April 2019