Tony hon­oured for li­brary work

Vol­un­teer helped save vil­lage branch

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

Tony Hoare

“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.”

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