March 2014 Newsletter

FREE lunch Throughout March, if you book a space and bring a friend, one of you eats for FREE.

Our Community Lunches are available to the over 50’s and take place on Wednesdays at 12:00pm.

They cost only £3.50 for two courses plus a drink.

Our Curry Night was a sell out success. Jean and Sara cooked up a variety of dishes from across India which were eaten with relish by our guests. Not only was every seat filled, but there were many satisfied and full tummies too.

Our next event is the Mad March Afternoon Tea on Saturday 22nd March. We look forward to seeing you for afternoon teas and crafty activities.

Friday cafe openings Unfortunately we have put our Friday evening openings on hold. We will revisit this in the summer when the evenings are warmer and lighter.

New to The Old Library – Men in Sheds.  Every  Wednesday at 10:00am.

What is Men in Sheds? A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work.

A Shed’s activities usually involve making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) and may include activities as varied as bike repair, gardening, tool renovation, upholstery. Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly – and some say that is true of the men too! Although Sheds mostly attract older men, some have included men of any age, women and young people. Whichever activities are pursued the essence of a Shed is not a building, which some don’t have, but the network of relationships between the members.

Come along and help us to get this exciting new project off the ground.

Wild food foraging day

The wild food foraging day has been postponed until hopefully later in the year, where we might find even more foraged goodies! Keep an eye out on the events page for this one!


Gardening at The Old Library – get involved 

Spring is on its way at The Old Library. Despite the wet and dreary weather volunteers are aiming to get the grounds into shape for the first full planting season since the Library opened as a community building last year. In January we were given a pile of second hand railway sleepers by local firm N&R Contractors to build raised beds. The rubble on site was broken up and used in foundations and some of the library funds were spent on a low block wall to separate the garden area from a new paved area. A willow hedge was also provided as a feature with guidance from Joevanka Gregory.

A Bramley Apple tree donated by Mary Clear (yes of IET fame) and a cherry tree donated by the late Anne James have also been planted in the garden area.

The grounds are now taking shape with the help of a delivery donkey poo donated by the Incredible Edible farm to improve the existing soil and loads of action by volunteers when weather permits to clear weeds and rubbish and break up the soil.

The new “Food and Play” project is now taking off providing great opportunities for local people both young and old, or in between, to get involved in the garden, share their skills or learn new ones to turn the library grounds into a true community facility.

This could provide fresh food to supplement the excellent menu already on offer at the library or provide a chance to grow herbs fruit and vegetables that are simply fun to grow and taste. There is also opportunity to make a splash of colour in time for this year’s open gardens event by planting up flower beds and troughs. Why not come and have a go? You don’t have to be Alan Titchmarsh to have some fun in Cornholme and Portsmouth and we will all have more experience by next year

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