Competition Time!

Animal Agents

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

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The ANIMAL AGENTS are investigating this Summer – and you can join for FREE at Lakenheath Library to read the books and catch the crooks! Sign up from July 22nd and read six books over the six week holidays to collect prizes and solve the mystery!

The Summer Reading Challenge is run in association with the Reading Agency. The official website can be viewed HERE.

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FREE Mental Health Advocacy Session

Thank you to everyone who attended or who enquired about this special session on Wednesday 7th June.

For further information on the programme please call 01473 907087 or visit

Friends of Lakenheath Library Meeting, 02/05/17

Date: 2nd of May 2017

Time: 6.30 p.m.

Location: Lakenheath Library


Present: Mary Dimond, Chris Howard, Marilyn Shone, Jean Reynolds.


(1) Apologies for Absence

Iain Frost

(2) Minutes from the previous Meeting

The minutes from March’s meeting have been agreed and signed

(3) Harry Potter Party

The party went very well with 26 people attending the event and 64 people using the library that day. Thank you must also go to Tracey Sismey for her help and assistance and Laura Mackie for the excellent cakes.

(4) Finance

The Bank balance remains at £3583.53.

(5) Suffolk Libraries Updates

The closing date for the Suffolk Libraries survey is 8 May 2017. Update reminders to go on the Blog, Facebook and Lakenheath Community site.

The next community forum is Monday, 22 May at Ixworth Library. MS to confirm whether she can attend.

The new self-service machine is to be installed on 6th June 2017.

A mental health event is being held on Wednesday, 7 June 2017 from 2-4 p.m.

The AGM will be held on 23 May to start at 7.00 p.m. It was decided to have the meeting at the library. JR to arrange a display. MD and MS to organise their reports.

(6) Library Refurbishment

Points were made on the submitted plans and CH to discuss them with the Demco representative.

All are to reflect on the issues to be considered concerning quotes for work to be carried out to ensure a finite list.

(7) Summer Reading Challenge

This Summer the reading challenge theme is to be Animal Agents. More details will be received, possibly late June.

To consider options for a new FOLK banner. Further discussion to be deferred until the next meeting.

(8) Dates(s) of Next Meeting(s)

AGM, Tuesday, 23 May 2017 at 7.00 p.m at Lakenheath Library.


A.G.M. 2017 Announcement and Invitation

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Give Lakenheath a Voice

Library customers are being asked to have their say on the future of the county’s library service – and F.O.LK. hope that customers who use and value Lakenheath Library will help show how much they value our village library.

At the end of 2016, Suffolk Libraries’ Board voted unanimously to trigger a five-year extension to its contract which will run from August 2017 to 2022.

The library service budget has been reduced by a further £200,000 for 2017/18 and year-on-year reductions means the library service budget is now 33% less than in 2010.

Suffolk Libraries is now looking ahead to the next five years and is starting a review to define how it can run a modern and affordable library service which meets the needs of the people of Suffolk. A new customer survey is being launched, asking people what they feel is important about the county’s library service, and there is also a new membership scheme giving people a new opportunity to support Suffolk Libraries.

Suffolk Libraries are running their customer survey until 8 May 2017. Complete the survey online or complete a paper copy, available from Lakenheath and all libraries.

With thanks to James Powell of Suffolk Libraries, who published the original version of this article HERE.

Friends of Lakenheath Library Meeting, 7th of March, 2017

Date:  7th of March 2017
Time:  6.30 pm

Location:  Lakenheath Library

Present:  Mary Dimond, Chris Howard, Marilyn Shone, Iain Frost, Jean Reynolds


(1)  Apologies for Absence

Jack Norman
(2)  Minutes of from the previous Meeting

Agreed and signed.

(3)  Library Inspection

Went well and no issues were raised.   A reminder was given regarding the coming May elections and any interaction with Councillors.   A recent
e-mail from Daniel Harvey included a copy of the information sheet amongst other information.

(4) Finance

Expenditure:  £24.15 for iPad cases / £79.95 for the water heater.
Income:  £167.83 (not previously included in minutes) and £86.00.
Bank balance currently £3,583.53

(5) Library Budget Reduction

The budget reductions were agreed – £200,000. The server cabinet has now been removed.  With grateful thanks to Jack Norman and Steph Andrews for undertaking this onerous task.

(6) Library Refurbishment

Demco Interiors have been approached for design and costings.  A representative came to the library on 2 March and the proposals should be with us sometime next week.

(7) Harry Potter Party

Discussed and the next meeting will be devoted to finalising the details.

(8) Book Sale

A two-day sale (Friday/Saturday 30 March/1 April).  Post-meeting it was decided not to arrange for the gazebo.   Promotion of the event to be on the blog and Facebook, as well as posters.

(9) Dates(s) of Next Meeting(s)

21 March 2017 at 6.30 pm (amended from 14th)