Welcome to our Website
Friends of Cobbett Road Library (FCRL) is an informal group of people of all ages who meet at monthly intervals in the library. FCRL initially came into being to protect a greatly valued community asset and members set about publicising their cause in the local newspaper, putting posters in their windows. Since then the FCRL and Cobbett Road Library have gone from strength to strength organising events, activities and, with Library staff, making the library the centre of a friendly and lively local community.
On Saturday October 15 we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Cobbett Road Library statue.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, the celebration featured refreshments and a range of activities - see the News and Events and Photogallery pages, and Facebook.
Download your copy of the A4 poster here. There's also a double-sided A5 flyer available.
Art Within Reach was sculpted by Kevin Atherton, and modelled on local artist and long-term library user Dot Winteridge - there's full information about the statue on the History page.
Litter pick and site tidy
On the morning of Saturday September 24, ahead of our usual open meeting at 11am, some of the Friends came early and worked to pick up litter, dead-head flowers, clear up dirt and debris from the steps and paving and generally improve the Library's "kerb appeal". After about six woman-hours of effort (why so few men?), the net result was over-flowing "garden" waste bins, four bin bags of general waste and one of recyclable waste, assorted bottles, lumps of wood and cardboard.
Thanks to everyone for their help, and apologies to those who weren't around for the photo.
The Library's future is secured. What was the "Save YOUR Library" page is now called "Campaigning 2011 to 2016", and has details of who has been operating the Library from June 4, and how the change from Council operation came about.