VIEW FROM THE HOUSE
IN February 2011, a group of volunteers got together to start the Bourne End Community and Craft Market in my constituency.
I was delighted to be invited to join them on February 13 to celebrate their fifth anniversary.
This market is held on the second Saturday of each month in the Bourne End Library. This initiative came about because of a wish to support the library, in Wakeman Road. The market co-operative, most of whom are local residents, set up the community and craft market to offer quality arts and crafts for sale.
They also sell home-made products like jams and preserves, with tea and coffee blends to sample on the spot before purchasing some to take home.
In addition to meeting the stallholders, I am also delighted that pupils from Bourne End Academy are going to be there, running the charity tombola. Each month the tombola raises awareness for a different local charity.
It is highly appropriate that the Academy students should be volunteering because a library is a place for people of all age groups. The Bourne End library helps instil a love of language very early, hosting a regular ‘Bounce and Rhyme’ event where the under-fives come along to enjoy poetry. I hope all these children will grow up to enjoy reading and love books all their lives.
Bourne End is one of the libraries where volunteers from our community support the library, working alongside staff from the county library service. With the pressures on the public purse, those volunteers are giving their time and help to maintain a community library with resources for everyone to use.
Regular events like the community and craft market encourage people to drop into the library and tap into all the resources and information services on a huge amount of topics. The past five years of the market will have brought many people into the library and I hope in future years it will continue to flourish.