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January 2017 Update


Shwmae pawb,Thank you for your continued support of Pennard Library throughout 2016 and we thank our librarians, Jo and Kate, for the excellent service they provide.

We thought that you might appreciate a summary of last year’s key achievements, and what FoPL plans to do to continue to safeguard our library during 2017.

Local Authority’s response to our application to take over the library building
FoPL was pleased to hear from the the Education Department that: “the building and site has already been assessed as not surplus to the needs of the Education Estate”. We look forward, therefore, to seeing the building being properly maintained by the appropriate department.

In the Local Authority’s statement made in response to our Community Asset Transfer application, we have been reassured that: “The library is not facing closure, warranting us considering transferring the management/ownership of the asset to maintain the service.”

We set out as an organisation to thwart the closure of Pennard Library. Our presence was a catalyst for preventing its closure in April 2014. Thus far, we have been successful in this endeavour and the library is still open! We will continue to support Pennard Library until we have a building which is fit for purpose and the future of the service is secure.

FoPL Charity Shop
Our charity shop in the old post office will be permanently closing its doors on 28th February 2017, as our wonderful manager, Karen Penny, will be away for three months doing a fundraising walk from John O’ Groats to Land’s End. Karen is walking in aid of Altzheimers. If you can help by donating, please click here.

Thank you to Karen, and all of our hard-working volunteers. You’ve done an amazing job and have raised c. £40,000 in just 18 months. This money is now there to support the library, when needed. We will continue to liaise with the local authority on how this can be achieved.

Many thanks also to Will and Sarah Smith who so generously allowed us to have the shop free of charge and also to sell off the old post office stock.

To work towards our closing date of 28th February, we will stop taking donations (apart from gold, silver and valuable items) after 14th February.

Karen will continue to attend auctions. If you have any valuable items suitable for selling at auction, please contact her on 01792 230159.

AGM 2017
Our AGM will be held in the Southgate Club in June. All FoPL members are welcome. Further details will be circulated nearer the time.

A reminder that 2017 membership renewals are due from April onwards. The £5 household subscription is voluntary – what really matters is that you renew annually so that we can use subscription evidence to prove that we have strong community support. To complete your membership form online please click here. To pay your annual subscription online, please click the button below:

We thank the Gower Community for its continued support. Diolch i chi am eich cefnogaeth.

The FoPL Committee
(David Colbeck, Carolyn Davies, Rhian Ferguson, Councillor Lynda James, Sarah Joiner, Councillor Keith Marsh, Karen Penny, Keith Roberts, Will Smith)

FoPL’s Late Summer Concert

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Shwmae pawb,

FoPL’s Late Summer Concert
Please come along to our late summer concert, in aid of Pennard Library – to be held in the Pennard Community Hall, SA3 2AD at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 17th September.

Featuring: The Meadows Band
The young and talented Meadows Folk Band (Celtic-classical crossover) will be entertaining us for the evening. The quartet are a Carmarthenshire folk band who play original works, both instrumental and sung, along with fresh interpretations of folk music from various traditions, predominantly drawn from Celtic culture. To date they have played numerous concerts, including two fundraising tours: Cardiff’s Velindre Cancer Centre; Wales Air Ambulance; Glasgow’s Celtic Connections on the Danny Kyle Stage 2016; the Wales Millennium Centre; along with radio airplay (international and national, including BBC Radio Wales) etc. For more information see

Refreshments and Ticket Prices
Refreshments are included in the ticket price – but you’re welcome to bring your own alcohol and food. Seating will be arranged around tables.

Suggested ticket prices are: Adults £10, Concessions £8. Family tickets are available at £22 for two adults and up to three children.

If you can’t afford the full ticket price – please give a reasonable donation (c. £5) instead. Tickets will be on sale at the FoPL Charity Shop and also at Pennard Library.

In appreciation of your continued support. Diolch i chi am eich cefnogaeth.

The FoPL Committee
(David Colbeck, Carolyn Davies, Rhian Ferguson, Lynda James, Sarah Joiner, Keith Marsh, Karen Penny, Keith Roberts, Will Smith)

Latest on Pennard Library


Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything. —Tomie dePaola
Bore da pawb,
The Latest on the Library
The City and County of Swansea has recently formalised its process for Community Asset Transfers (CAT) – hence Friends of Pennard Library (FoPL) has completed an expression of interest in taking on the library building following this new procedure. Community Asset Transfer is an established mechanism used to enable the community ownership and management of publicly owned land and buildings.The ultimate aim of Community Asset Transfer is community empowerment – that is, to ensure that land and buildings are retained or transformed then operated for public benefit through community asset ownership and management. We expect to hear from the Local Authority, regarding our expression of interest, in the next six weeks.The FoPL Shop
In its first 12 months of operation, the shop has raised over 25k – which will all go towards maintaining Gower’s library in Pennard. Thanks to all of our volunteers and those who have donated so generously. We are now taking more expensive items to auction houses, or selling on ebay, to obtain the best prices.

Have you visited Pennard Library this week?
We are not meeting targets for visitor numbers – and this is a cause for concern. This especially applies to adults!!! Most of the children in the ward are members and visit the library each week during term time. Please make sure that you continue to visit weekly – especially during the quieter month of August.

What’s on at Pennard Library for adults?

  • The Gower Landscape Partnership Display (23 Jul 2016 – 3 Aug 2016)
    The Gower Landscape Partnership aims to inspire and help local people to look after Gower’s special and distinctive features. The display will outline the work of the partnership in more detail. Viewing possible during library opening times. This event is free.
  • Pennard Library Reading Group: Are looking for new members who would enjoy reading and discussing a diverse range of fiction and non-fiction. Monthly meetings on 3rd Friday of the Month 10.15am-11.15am at the Library.
  • Pennard Library Knitting Group: Every Wednesday: 10.00am—11.00am. You can learn to knit, get help with a knitting problem or just bring along your current project for a chat with other knitters.

What’s on for kids?

  • ZOOLAB animal handlig event Friday August 5th 10.30-11.30am suitable for children 5+ Free but by ticket only
  • PHIZZ-WHIZZINGLY FANTASTIC MR FOX AND CRAFT Friday 12th August story and craft session 10.30-11.30am suitable for children 5-10 years
  • LANGUAGE AND PLAY stories, songs and crafty fun for under 5s Wednesday August 17th 10.30-11.30am
  • CAT PROTECTION EVENT Talk and craft event for 5+ Wednesday 24th 10.30-11.3-am Entry by ticket only, its free but donations of cat food welcome.

In appreciation of your continued support. Diolch i chi am eich cefnogaeth.

The FoPL Committee
(David Colbeck, Carolyn Davies, Rhian Ferguson, Lynda James, Sarah Joiner, Keith Marsh, Karen Penny, Keith Roberts, Will Smith)