Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

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.

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