The future of Talke Library is looking more positive as a community organisation sets up base there.
Local voluntary and community sector support and development organisation, Support Staffordshire, now has a base locally at Talke Library. As local manager, Jill Norman, explains: “We have been looking for a base in Newcastle and Kidsgrove for a while and have decided to try using Talke Library which gives us a great place to access all parts of Newcastle Borough and also allows us to support the community library and its volunteers. We are keen to take the opportunity to encourage more community use of the library and its resources. It’s a great facility and has a lovely meeting room as well as flexible space in the main library.”
Talke County Councillor Kyle Robinson said: “Since I was elected to Staffordshire County Council I have held meetings with senior officers, pressured the Leader of the County Council and fought hard to ensure Talke Library has a future. I have also raised my concerns about cuts to Library opening times, but hopefully this situation will improve as the ‘Support Staffordshire’ team begin to work more closely with the community. I am hoping that a firmer arrangement can be sealed in the New Year and I will continue to be part of any negotiations to secure a positive future for this vital community facility. I shall look forward to working with Jill and her team.”
Support Staffordshire has already held one of its quarterly voluntary sector forum meetings and also a training session at Talke Library. Lots of different activities already take place at the library, including monthly Monday evening talks organised by The Friends of Talke Library and a craft group which meets every Monday afternoon. However, there are opportunities for other activities and Support Staffordshire is keen to attract people who would like to run new activities, or to volunteer to support existing activities, at Talke Library.
The base at Talke Library gives Support Staffordshire a chance to offer face-to-face advice and support to individuals who may be interested in volunteering through its Volunteer Centre services, and to those running a voluntary or community group who may need help on governance, funding, finding volunteers, or any other aspect of running an effective group. Staff will be available during the normal library opening hours of 1pm to 5pm on Mondays and 2pm to 5pm on Wednesdays (Talke Library is also open on Fridays 2pm to 5pm, run by Staffordshire County Council staff and volunteers).
You can just drop in to see us, although it is best to ring in advance to book at appointment to be sure. To book please ring 01538 381356 or, for volunteering advice email firstname.lastname@example.org and for organisation advice email Natalie.email@example.com
NEWCASTLE BOROUGH COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2015
I have been fortunate to have been re-selected as your Labour Party candidate in the forthcoming borough council elections to be held on 7th May 2015
I have lived in the area since 2002 and have served on both NULBC and KTC since 2011 and have endeavoured to work hard for the communities that I have been elected to represent. In May 2014, I was honoured to have been elected as the Mayor of Kidsgrove, having previously served as the deputy Mayor. I’m an active member of many local community groups and have helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
As a borough councillor I have supported many residents in Talke and Talke pits with local issues on diverse matters such as planning, highways and anti social behaviour. I have been involved with many local campaigns opposing closure of several local services such as Learning disabilities day care, youth services, police station and our local fire station, which is currently under threat from the Tory lead county council. I consider that Talke, Talke pits and Kidsgrove as a whole are great places to live and have an enviable community spirit.
One of my recent campaigns to save the bus service to parts of Talke Pits has been partly successful, but there is still work to do. I will continue to lobby first bus and put the residents of this ward before big company profits.
I believe passionately in supporting our community. I have been privileged to have been elected to serve you for the past four years and hope , with your continued support that I will be able to serve you once again. Please use your vote for The Labour Party on Thursday 7th May 2015.
Newcastle Borough Councillor
Kidsgrove Town Councillor
11 Harecastle Villas, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 1EQ
07870 650248 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Published and promoted by Kyle Robinson of 88 Newchapel Road, Kidsgrove, ST7 4RT on behalf of Labour’s David Allport.
Labour Councillors are campaigning to save local bus services following huge cut backs to services by First. The removal of services to key locations has left residents isolated in their homes with no access to other forms of public transport.
Councillor David Allport and Mike Stubbs have met with the regional director of First Bus and hope to have a date for a public meeting soon.
David Allport said: “It’s appalling that first bus has removed these services without speaking to local people first. We will not sit back and allow First Bus to put profit before people. If there are problems with the service now, imagine what it will be like in winter for the elderly and disabled. How are local children going to get to school?”
Mike Stubbs also commented: “The Tory led Coalition Government has done all it can to cut transport subsidies up and down the UK. The Government wants more people to go out and work, but then removes the main option for the people of Talke and Talke Pits to get to the workplace. Cutting the bus service is a senseless thing to do.”