New volunteer-run library all set to open in a few days

Heckington Community Rooms.
Heckington Community Rooms.

The much-anticipated static library service for Heckington is progressing well and set to open next month.

The volunteer-run facility will be permanently situated in the Community Rooms in St Andrew’s Street. Previously, the village just had mobile library services.

As previously reported, parish councillors successfully bid for a share of funding offered by Lincolnshire County Council in its plan to reshape the library service - giving up smaller libraries to be run by volunteers.

A number of books and shelves from the closed Coningsby library are being transferred to Heckington.

At the last council meeting concerns were raised about the weight of the books on the first floor. Due to this, and the easier access afforded on the ground floor, it was decided to locate the library on this level. The council chambers and the voluntary car service will be situated upstairs.

Parish council vice-chairman Coun Jan Palmer said: “It is going well,” adding that the team of volunteers are currently undergoing training.

A lift to the first floor is scheduled to be installed on November 5.

Coun Palmer added: “We have an anticipated opening date of November 18, subject to telephone services being able to get their side of things done. Failing this it will be the week following 25th.”

Initial opening hours will be Wednesdays 12-5pm and Saturdays 10am-noon.

Parish councillors had agreed to take on the service for the next four years, receiving a grant of £15,000 to do so.