Volunteers wanted to run Scalby and Newby library

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Two drop-in sessions have been organised for people who are interested in helping to run Newby and Scalby Library.

It is one of 42 libraries across the county which had been supported by North Yorkshire County Council to be hit by budget cuts announced last year.

Following a review it lost 25 per cent of its opening hours – from 41.5hrs to 31hrs – but campaigners are hoping that the shortfall can be made up from volunteer help.

Cllr Andrew Backhouse, who sits on the county council and represents the Newby area, said he had been working hard to reopen the library on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

He added: “This has been no mean feat, but with the support of a large number of residents, and through holding many public meetings,we have finally secured a volunteer management team chaired by Richard Leak, a retired university lecturer.”

Cllr Backhouse said that the rest of the management team included: Rosie Asquith, Sheila Johnson, Carol Brett, and John Freeman and they had undergone the necessary training needed to reopen the library using volunteers.

It had been forecast that annual running costs would be £400 annually which would cover the necessary insurance and materials for secretarial support.

Cllr Backhouse said: “Newby and Scalby Parish Council has kindly agreed to sponsor the volunteers to the value of £200, and the residual expense is to be met by Newby Community Action Group, an organisation that I established back in December 2005.

“We are now in a position to move forward and have arranged two open sessions whereby we can re-engage with the wider list of volunteers who expressed an interest in providing supportive man hours.”

The open sessions will be held at the library on Saturday, October 27, and Wednesday, October 31, between 1pm and 3pm.

Refreshments will be provided and there will also be a chance for members of the public to find out more about what would be required as well as a chance to donate towards the ongoing running costs.