Puddletown first Dorset library to transfer to volunteers

  • 7 January 2013
  • From the section Dorset
Volunteers at Burton Bradstock library
Image caption Volunteers are due to take over the management of seven libraries

A Dorset village library, originally earmarked for closure, has been taken over by volunteers.

Puddletown Library is the first of seven facilities to transfer to community ownership.

Conservative-led Dorset County Council cut funding for nine of the county's 34 libraries in 2011 in a bid to save the authority £725,000

Former BBC chief news correspondent and Dorset resident Kate Adie helped with the official opening earlier.

'Local leadership'

Puddletown Library will be open four days a week, as it is now, staffed by a team of 28 unpaid volunteers.

Volunteer, Roy Bennet, a retired clergyman, said: "We've had plenty of training and we're ready to go - we're looking forward to the challenge."

Dates have also been agreed for the transfer of Chickerell, Wool, Colehill and Stalbridge libraries.

The libraries will be independent and self-governed, but supported with books and IT services from Dorset County Council in a deal worth £5,500 a year for each site.

Funds for rent, lighting, heating and insurance have to be raised by the volunteers.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites