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Ringmer residents unite to save Ringmer Library
The Save Ringmer Library campaign group held its first public meeting at Ringmer Village Hall on Saturday 4th November. The hall was full – standing room only – with more than 120 people there, representing the whole age range of library users, from a small baby, not yet a year, to a 99 year old.
Ringmer residents voiced their outrage and their sadness at East Sussex County Council’s controversial draft libraries strategy, which proposes the closure of the village’s brand-new library. It was opened just 18 months ago by the Chair of the County Council after villagers had worked hard for several years to raise the £240,000 needed to build it and improve the Village Hall. At that time, the Chair himself commented: ‘It never ceases to amaze me how small village communities pull together.’ Ringmer residents can’t help feeling that it’s ironic that they’re having to do this again so soon, to save this very same library.
Ringmer Library costs less than £7,300 a year to run, the equivalent of just £1.60 per year for each person in the village: excellent value for money, considering how much this treasured resource provides for the community. Speaker after speaker talked about how the library is so much more to them than just a place to borrow books. From supporting young families and the elderly, to providing talking books for the visually impaired, and giving children from poorer families the vital chance to improve their literacy, the library has huge benefits for emotional and mental wellbeing, and brings the community together.
Children are some of the library’s most passionate supporters, and many who came along produced posters and artwork expressing their feelings about the plans, and showing how much they would miss their village library. Some also joined in with the meeting, with one child summing up many of the points raised when he said: ‘There are some people who are too old to get to another library and there are some people who wouldn’t have enough money for the bus.’
Ringmer residents, and those from nearby villages who also rely on this library, are appalled that the County Council is betraying rural communities under their draft plans to close seven libraries plus the mobile library service. The meeting ended with residents vowing to fight to save this much-loved library.
You may have heard about the proposal to close our nice new library at the Village Hall. The Parish Council held a special meeting to discuss this urgent matter on Tuesday 19th September. They agreed to:
a) participate in the Consultation
b) agree a response to ESCC
c) agree a Parish Council Statement.
Please help by signing the petition on the County Council website at
It's very easy to do, but you will need to register.
The County Council papers relating to cutbacks in the Library Service can be found at
SINGALONG returns for our Autumn session on 20th September next, each Wednesday except for the first one of each month, 2.30-4.00, in the Church room of St. Mary's, Ringmer - everyone welcome. Come and join us, we are a happy group and sing a variety of songs. For further information ring Jill, 01273 401107.
Weald Scribes Calligraphy Group
We are a small, friendly group of calligraphers meeting every Tuesday, in term time, 10am - 12pm in the Ringmer Scout Hall (Goldsborough Hall), Lewes Road, Ringmer. Please get in touch for further details by phoning me or contacting through firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Monday 28th November the new library opening times will be:
Tuesday 2pm - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 12 noon
Thursday 2pm - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 12 noon
Remember, you can renew and reserve books, keep your personal information
up to date and download ebooks onto your electronic devices 24/7 online.
This new scheme which started in July 16 is now busy providing lifts, helping with transport for a small donation and befriending Ringmer people. We would welcome more volunteers who have spare time. Contact either through the website at
RINGMER BAPTIST CHURCH FOODBANK
Ringmer Baptist Church are now running a food bank in Ringmer. It will be distributing food in Ringmer Village Hall from 1.30 – 2.30 on Mondays. Food will be supplied by Fareshare Brighton www.faresharebrightonandhove.org.uk , donations from local Churches, organisations and businesses. We will be catering for clients that are low income families hit by a crisis that is not their fault such as redundancy, reduced working hours or something as seemingly small as an unexpected bill. Others may be victims of domestic violence, people experiencing benefit delay or facing debt problems or those hit by illness.
The foodbank will be open to referred clients only. Referrals can be made via the Citizens Advice Bureau, Childrens Centres, Housing Officers, Job Centres .schools, doctor’s surgery etc.
The type of food that clients would expect to receive from the foodbank are as follows: Tinned soup; Tinned tomatoes; Dried pasta; Tinned vegetables; Tinned meat;
Chocolate; A number of tea bags/coffee sachets. This would be dependent on the donations received.
If you feel that you qualify for please see one of the referral agencies.If you are able to donate any of the above food please email us at email@example.com
The Fuel Co-op is a co-operative oil-buying group based in Sussex. For more information click here to visit their website.
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