Kirton library opens in its new location

New Kirton library at New Life Community Church. Volunteers L-R Natalie Brabben, Carolyn Green - volunteer co-ordinator, Dave Pace, Joanna Criddle, Neal Mugglestone - Pastor of New Life Community Church, Chris Brooksbank.
New Kirton library at New Life Community Church. Volunteers L-R Natalie Brabben, Carolyn Green - volunteer co-ordinator, Dave Pace, Joanna Criddle, Neal Mugglestone - Pastor of New Life Community Church, Chris Brooksbank.

Kirton library opened its doors last week for the first time since being taken over by volunteers and a local church.

Since the council washed its hands of the library, along with several others, it has relocated to the New Life Community Church, at The Junction, on Wash Road.

Volunteers and the church now help run it, with the hub providing a selection of library services.

It reopened on Tuesday for the first time and was then followed by a second day on Thursday,

Senior pastor at the New Life Church Neil Mugglestone said the opening went ‘really well’.

He said: “We had 20 people in on each day.

“It’s great and it worked really well. We have two computers and people can come in and sit down and use them, as well as look at the just over 2,000 books we have available.”

He said those who had visited were ‘very pleased that the whole thing was back up and running’.

A new building is planned for the library which is set to be ‘bigger and better’ according to Neil.

The library is set to open initially on two days of the week as it did prior to the changes by Lincolnshire County Council, but it is hoped more days will be added as time goes on.

Opening times are Tuesday, 10am–1pm and Thursday, 2pm–6pm.

Lincolnshire County Council was set to close the library in September in a bid to save money.

However, Kirton Parish Council drew up plans to save the facility with an appeal for volunteers to keep it going.

New Life Community Church was announced as the group which would be taking over in March of this year by parish council chairman Ian Turner, who announced the plan had been a success.

For more information on the church, call 01205 724542 or visit www.facebook.com/NLCCBoston or www.nlfb.org.uk