Tony honoured for library work
Volunteer helped save village branch
A DEDICATED volunteer has been recognised for his services to the community with a new year’s honour.
Tony Hoare, 74, organised a group which saved Chalfont St Giles Community Library after the county council closed it 2006. His group, Friends of Chalfont St Giles Community Library, appealed for help and books while entering a business plan and returning the library to its previous success.
Mr Hoare, who will receive a British Empire Medal, has also had other roles in the community such as a school governor and his recent post as chairman of the Memorial Hall, in School Lane. He attributes the success of the library to the team of dedicated volunteers.
He said: “I am very pleased to have been awarded this honour for myself and I believe on behalf of the Chalfont St Giles community.
“The community library has been run entirely by some sixty local residents since it opened nearly eight years ago.
“The success of this library in providing such an excellent service to the village is due to the hard work and enthusiasm of all these volunteers.”
Mr Hoare persuaded the parish council to purchase the library building and has also worked with the county council, which now gives a grant for its upkeep.
He has spoken widely to many councils about how to set libraries.
Since 1994 he has helped to save the memorial hall. He was elected to serve as its chair this year and, with his inspiration and grants from the lottery, the hall was extended, a kitchen was added and disabled facilities installed.
He has also been a governor of Chalfont St Giles Junior School and, between 2000 and 2006, was the car driver’s rota organiser to enable access to the community hospital for those without transport.
He added: “Since the major new entrance to the memorial hall was opened in 1999, the facilities have been continuously improved. It is now used extensively by local clubs and societies, the infant school and for private functions.
“The memorial hall and library volunteers are part of a larger group of people, who run all the community services and clubs in the village. I am most flattered to have been chosen from this group for this award.”