Farewell to Jim.
After an eventful 12 years as Chairman of Little Chalfont Community Library, Jim Brooks stepped down on 15th April this year. He was succeeded by Graham Yellowley, of whom more later.
Little Chalfont owes a true debt of gratitude to Jim who has steered our library from a run down Council-managed library marked for closure to become one of the most successful and well regarded community libraries in the country.
Jim said "It has been a privilege to Chair Little Chalfont Community Library and with the support of my co-Trustees, our band of volunteers and other supporters in the community to achieve great things both locally and nationally. When we started our journey in 2007 many people and in particular the County Council thought we and other fledgling Community Libraries would fail but they were wrong. We went from strength to strength and in 2010 the County Council recognised the success by adopting the community library model for other communities in Buckinghamshire rather than mounting a closure programme. Our success was also recognised nationally and over a 3 year period, with Government funding, we gave help and advice to over 130 other communities facing closure of their local library.
"There have been many highlights for the library over the years. Appearances on national TV and radio, being granted a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteering groups and subsequently attending a Buckingham Palace garden party, meeting with other communities starting their Community Library journey and winning a number of awards are just a few that stand out. From a personal perspective I have found the whole experience of being Chairman very rewarding. It has been great to work with a very diverse group of people who constantly amaze me with their skills, initiative and determination to make sure our library is a success. All of this with good humour and friendship. It has truly been a life changing experience and I am really glad I had the opportunity to play my part.
"My sincere thanks to everybody who has worked for or supported the library and I have every confidence that the library, with the leadership of Graham Yellowley, will continue to succeed for many years into the future."
Hello to Graham.
The new chair of the Library Trustees is Graham Yellowley.
Graham said "The Library is a tremendous asset to the Community and I am honoured to become Chairman, having been a Trustee since October 2018. The Library provides a warm and friendly service to its Customers through Volunteers, Trustees, website manager and many others, they are a great team.
"The Library has grown from strength to strength with 20,000 visitors per year and is known for its up to date ranges of books for all ages, film shows, knit & knatter, computer classes and other events.
"Going forwards the challenge for the Library is:-
"I believe the Little Chalfont Community Library has a bright future and I look forward to seeing you there."