Overwhelming support for library
The Friends of Deeping Library say they have been overwhelmed by support from local businesses since opening the doors last month.
The library reopened at the end of January under the leadership of the community group, which took on the running of the facility in High Street, Market Deeping, after Lincolnshire County Council withdrew its funding.
Now two cheques from businesses keen to support the library have been handed over.
Last summer, cyclists from the Spin Room rode from Deepings to Brighton - 172 miles - and they also raised £400 for the library in doing so.
Lorraine Watkins, of the Friends of Deeping Library, was pleased to accept the cheque.
Chairman of the Friends Liz Waterland said: “This contribution represents a great ride by a great group of people and emphasises the support the local community has given us.”
Further support came from Central England Co-operative’s Community Dividend Fund, with the presentation of a cheque by Helen Joyce, senior store trainer at the Market Deeping store.
Helen said: “I am delighted to be presenting Friends of Deeping Library with a cheque for £2,640.
“It is inspiring to see the funds go directly to support projects at a local level such as Friends of Deeping Library, where our customers can directly experience the difference such support can make.”
Both generous contributions will be used by the Friends to improve furniture and equipment at the library.
The last part of the upgrade of the building, to install a disabled toilet, will start on Monday. The work, being undertaken by Lincolnshire County Council, is due to be finished by Easter.
l Businesses in The Deepings have a new opportunity for office space, thanks to the re-opening of The Deepings Community Library.
The building has a refurbished first floor, where there are four office rooms.
These are newly redecorated and carpeted, and can be configured in a variety of ways to suit different needs. There are kitchen and toilet facilities and an entrance independent of the library.
For details, call David Shelton on 01778 347682 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org