Kirton’s library service has been saved

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Kirton’s library services have been saved from closure following a campaign by the Parish Council.

As reported last year, the parish council drew up plans to save the facility with an appeal for volunteers to keep it going. The move came after Lincolnshire County Council announced controversial plans to axe library services.

Last week, the parish council chairman Ian Turner announced the plan had been a success - and a new library was expected to open when the old one is shut in the summer.

Mr Turner said: “The senior pastor Neal Mugglestone and his team have agreed to take the library under their wing as well as developing a social hub for the community on the existing site.

“Although it will to start with, be a smallish library, later on in the proposed new church building/community hub, there will be a purpose-build library with internet café. This will be adjacent to a coffee shop which will be open most days during the week, giving even more access to the library.

“The library will be managed by Neal Mugglestone and his team, however he will need volunteers to help in the day to day running of a library service.

“Training for volunteers will be conducted on site and the normal order and collect service will remain in place.”

He added: “The parish council is extremely grateful for New Life Community Church taking this on as without it we may have lost our library forever and the development of a social community hub will prove a very useful asset to the village.”

A team of volunteers who will assist Neal and his team in the day-to-day functions of the library.

If you are interested and can spare a few hours a week or a month to help out contact Neal Mugglestone on 07985 149607