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The efforts of volunteers and supporters at Bembridge Community Library (BCL) have been rewarded with the news that the latest fundraising Christmas Coffee morning, held on Saturday (9th December), raised almost £1,000.

Visitors were able to get into the spirit by joining in the festivities, and enjoying hot drinks and homemade cakes. Library users took the opportunity to choose gifts and holiday reading from an extensive selection of nearly new books and jigsaws sold at bargain basement prices.

Entertainment was again provided by The Bembridge Recorder Consort and the Bembridge Bell Ringers as visitors were able to find last minute bargains at the bric a brac and craft stalls including the latest colourful creations from the Bembridge Library Stitchers.

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Hon Treasurer Chris Thornton said that the income from the annual Christmas Draw had exceeded £800, a record for the fundraising activity. That, with income from the bric-a-brac stall and the sale of cakes, teas and coffees, the overall takings amounted to £973.

Chris has said:

“This was a fantastic result in spite of the frosty morning and competition from the WI. Well done all who helped or supported in any way.”

Draw promoter Richard Beet said that the library had been extremely grateful for the support of local businesses and individual supporters:

“We were able to offer an impressive array of high-value prizes, many of which were kindly donated by local supermarkets, shops, restaurants and estate agents.

“Once again Bembridge Business Association generously supported the annual event, offering £100 worth of Bembridge Shopping Vouchers as part of the extensive prize list.”

The library, which was saved from closure 6 years ago by a small group of Bembridge residents, has continued to thrive thanks to the dedication and commitment of its entirely volunteer work force and the support of Community Action Isle of Wight. It has since grown into a self-supporting successful community hub, incorporating a versatile facility for meetings, and offering a free public internet resource, and providing the village’s only Tourist Information Point as well as sharing a building with Bembridge Heritage Museum with which it works closely.

Bembridge Community Library is open 4 days a week, all day on Monday and Friday as well as Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

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