New community hub opens at Swineshead

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Lincolnshire Day was celebrated in Swineshead by the official opening of the village’s new Library and Community Hub.

Property steward John Hewitt said a “unique partnership” had resulted in the opening of the library and hub.

He said Lincolnshire County Council and its contractor responsible for libraries had liaised through Swineshead Parish Council, and in particular its chairman Debbie Hutson, to set up a partnership with the Methodist Church in the village to form a community Hub incorporating the chapel, library and a meeting point for many of the village organisations.

The project was also supported financially by the Bicker Wind Farm Trust.

John said: “An old, damp schoolroom in the Methodist Church has been refurbished to house a very friendly Community Library staffed entirely by volunteers from the locality.”

The village band, The Swineshead Silver Band, provided good traditional music celebrating both the opening and Lincolnshire Day.

Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council Coun Thomas Martin Trollope-Bellew and chairman of the Lincolnshire District of the Methodist Church performed the official function, cutting two ribbons, one giving access to the library from outside and the other linking the library and the church.

Members of the public were then invited to enjoy refreshments and take a look around the new facilities before a service led by the Rev Julie Doddrell, the local Methodist Church minister, supported by the Rev Neil Vickers and the Rev Bruce Thompson.

As well as books, the library has a good selection of CD books, access to the internet and an electronic Citizens Advice service supported by trained advisers via Skype.