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Committee for 2014 elected

The Friends of Brixham Library AGM

The Friends of Brixham Library (FoBL) held their AGM last night with a good turnout of members who heard the Chairs report and the breakdown of the £27,814.20 raised over the past year. After expenditure of £17,221.99, the FoBL have £10,592.21 in hand, but £6860.41 is restricted for ongoing projects funded by the Lottery and Brixham Town Council, leaving £3,731.80 as the surplus finds from fundraising and memberships.

Jenny Harriman, Chair, requested additional help, as over the past 3 years the Chair, Treasurer and Secretary have taken on most of the work. The membership has tripled and consequently so has the work load. She said “we are giving you permission to get actively involved, without additional help we will consider standing down at the end of the year. No one wants voluntary work to be too time consuming. We have all enjoyed our time organising activities and meeting new contacts, learning new things and having fun. However, we realise we need more people to offer to take on responsibility for small areas of the organisation to help us and to ensure the FoBL continue successfully in the future.”

This resulted in five people offering to help when needed and Andrew John taking on the role of Membership Secretary.

The Chair (Jenny), Treasurer (Alasdair Anderson), Secretary (Phil Trayhorn) and Membership Sec (Andrew John) were elected on the night to these roles with Issy Lindsell remaining as a committee member.


AGM – Tuesday 19th August, 6.30pm

AGM – Tuesday 19th August, 6.30pm at Brixham Library

Our small committee is in need of additional support as the membership has tripled this year with similarly increased number of activities on offer. If you volunteer to take on a position you will be invited to attend 6 committee meetings a year or to send in a brief report by email when relevant. If you do not want to take on a formal Committee Member role, but would like to help with any area listed below do let us know. Without more help we will not be able to maintain the current programme and wide range of social activities.

New Website  –  Hopefully you will have seen that we have a new website

This WordPress site will be winding down over the next few weeks, so please check the new website for all current events info and news.

Torbay Savings Proposals

The Mayor of Torbay has published his Savings Proposals online at

This gives a detailed breakdown of the proposed cuts to the 2015-16 budget.

From page 87 onwards (go to you will see what will be cut in the library service, with the major saving being either to close Churston library or have the ‘community’ running it. Also a huge cut to the stock for all libraries.

Brixham is the only one not mentioned for any changes. We must assume that our lobbying when the caravan came to Brixham, plus the size of our membership and busy programme has had some influence. However, we cannot afford to be complacent as there is yet another QUESTIONNAIRE in the library asking for your feedback to 3 questions – Churston closure, removal of specific support for Blind Club & over 55s, plus cuts to the books and other resources.

We need you to respond to this bearing in mind, that if everyone says no, do not take these actions there is likely to be impact on Brixham. The Mayor is asking for feedback by Friday 29th August. Please write to him  confirming that you think he has made the right decision in not changing the staffing/opening hours at Brixham. his email is

English Riviera Geopark & its Rocks, Laid Bare with John Risdon

JR cropStarts Wednesday 2nd July 2-4pm  5  week course. Fee £5 per week. Discover the diverse, geological roots of Torbay and how they have been fundamental in the development of the bay’s varied communities. Two talks in the library will be complemented by three walks. 

Family Boat Trip around Torbay with Nigel Smallbones

Friday 27th June 6.30-8.30pm Family Boat Trip around Torbay with Nigel Smallbones  From the sea discover more about the wild life that lives on our shores. Maybe see dolphins, peregrines, and hidden London Arch. The boat has full facilities including a bar.

£6 members/£3 children/£8 non members.

Closing date to purchase tickets 24th  June

British Marine Life with marine biologist, Paul Naylor this Friday (13th June)at 1.30-3pm in Brixham Library

It is not too late to reserve a seat for an illustrated talk on British Marine Life with marine biologist, Paul Naylor this Friday (13th June)at 1.30-3pm in Brixham Library

Paul will show photos of the undersea world that is right on our doorstep. He is based in Wembury, a marine conservation area with amazing biodiversity. Talk fee £5


Also a chance to purchase his latest book: Great British Marine Animals by Paul Naylor – in pictures

“Toxic sea slugs, battling limpets and aggressive gobies are among the sea life featured in the book Great British Marine Animals, in which the marine photographer Paul Naylor records unusual behaviour of common animals. Naylor hopes the book, published by the Wildlife Trust, will help raise awareness of the value of underwater life, and encourage support for organisations involved in marine conservation”  The Guardian

Change of date and time

The time and date of the National Book Week – Craft and Story time for Children has changed to

Wednesday 11th June 10.15 – 10.45am



Wednesday 28th 10-11am and 11.30-12.30pm

Half Term Craft Activities for children        FREE


Wednesday 28th 10-1 pm

Dartmoor Walk with John Risdon at Hembury Woods Walk fee £5

Circular Walk – 4 miles (energetic!) from Hembury Woods, near Buckfast

Meet N.T. car park (Map ref. 730680). Bring refreshments, car sharing welcomed…please let library staff know if you have spaces for others



Friday 6th 1.30-3pm

Life at Westminster with Dr Sarah Wollaston MP Talk Fee £5     Booking advisable

A chance to ask questions about the life of an MP and to enjoy a quiz on the Suffragettes with refreshments.

Talk by Sarah Wollaston MP


Sarah Wollaston MP

Invites the

Friends of Brixham Library

to an informal talk on

Life at Westminster and her work as a Member of Parliament


Friday 6th June 1.30-3pm entry fee £5

Booking advisable


Sarah Wollaston is MP for Brixham and the South Hams. Formerly a doctor and teacher, now bringing a love of South Devon to Westminster. She is a member of the Health Committee and became an MP after the first-ever open primary election.


  • Enjoy Sarah’s quiz on the Suffragettes
  • A chance to ask questions
  • Refreshments


You must be a member of the Friends of Brixham Library to attend in order to be covered by our insurance. Membership costs £5 per year with the chance to borrow 5 free DVD’s and CD’s.



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