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The new 'Community Library' will be officially launched at 10.30am on Saturday 3rd November. All are invited — tell your friends!

John Bercow MP, who has supported us in dialogue with BCC, Margaret Aston who is also Chair of the Parish Council, Bruce Alexander (actor and local historian) and some of our sponsors will be there.

We are very grateful to the County, Parish, Rectory Homes, Haddenham Beer Festival Trust, Haddenham Rotary, The Garden Centre and Haddenham Village Society for financial support without which we could not implement the new arrangements. We will be looking for further financial support, including fundraising events, so all ideas are welcome. We also want to broaden the leadership of the Company / Charity.

We are close to agreeing a lease with BCC, probably for 25 years, and the details of the resource grant which is guaranteed for five years, uprated for inflation. The Children's Centre will continue to have use of the building on Mondays and Wednesdays and an office space all week. New signage and logo should be ready for November.

Staff
we are very sad that Barbara and her colleagues, Sally and Deirdre, will not be with us in the new world after serving the library and community so well, but pleased to announce the next steps. The County has provided Sue Jessop as temporary manager, bringing her experience from senior posts in London libraries. The new manager will be Emma Barrett who lives in Stone, assisted by David Morgan from Wycombe. We are confident that they will quickly form an effective team. They will have a line management to the BCC Aylesbury team with input from HCL.

Volunteers
many of you volunteered to help and your references have been successfully taken up. Many thanks to your referees, all of whom have had a thank you from me. This has led to you then being sent a Spydus log-in, to carry out the online briefing and quiz. Thanks to those who have done all this. If you are still waiting to do the e-learning bit, please do it soon so that we can invite you to the half-day training at Risboro library and be fully up to speed for November. The training will be on Wednesday mornings in October. If any of this has slipped through the cyber-net, please let me know. The first volunteer rota will be emerging in consultation during October.

With renewed thanks for your interest and support.
Steve Sharp
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