2015 Archive

Twixmas Dinner - Wednesday 30th December

Twixmas Dinner 2015

Christmas Raffle - Monday 14th December

We are holding a one day raffle with prizes of mainly children's items to raise money for the community library. Full details appear below. Please come along to support the cause.
Christmas raffle details side 1
Christmas raffle details side 2


"Knit and Natter's" Third Birthday

The Thursday knitting group, now with the streetname KANG, celebrated its third birthday in November with a cake. Congratulations to Jean and her knitters. They contribute greatly to the library funds, and are now also contributing to the Age UK annual Big Knit campaign to knit miniature woolly hats to raise money for winter warmth packs for the elderly

Two pictures from the celebrations appear below:

The Knit and Natter cake
                                                                     The Birthday Cake

Knitters with cake for their third birthday
                                   Knitters with the cake to celebrate their Third Birthday

Free Half Term Activities for Children - October 2015

We have a special programme of events for children on Monday 26th, Wednesday 28th, and including also a special Friday afternoon opening on the 30th when the prizegiving for the bookmark competition will also take place. Note that the Theatrebugs Halloween workshop (suitable for 3 to 7 year olds), is by pre-booking only and limited to 15 people. The booking form is at reception in the library. 

The interactive story telling sessions on the Monday afternoon are with Phil Keating of Wizard Stories.  Based in Leyton, Wizard Stories is a national touring story theatre company, founded in 2000. For further information about Wizard Stories, please visit the Wizard Stories website.
Half Term Activities October 2015 timetable
Theatrebugs Halloween Workshop

Wizard Stories

Macmillan Coffee Morning Thursday 24th September

We express a big thank you to Marilyn, Barbara, and all their cake makers and other helpers for contributing to another successful coffee morning.  
Macmillan Coffee Morning 2015
The following piece appeared in the 2nd October edition of the "Chingford Times"

Chingford Times 2nd October 2015 issue
 The final total collected and paid to Macmillan was actually £264-10
The  Challenge 2015

The National Citizen Service (NCS) "Challenge" is a project for young people to partake in events in the community. In 2015, such a project took place in the library, where a team of 12 motivated young people undertook a series of tasks to assist us. The team first visited during the day on Monday August 17th, to get an idea of what was required, and to meet volunteer staff from the library. The actual working day was Sunday 20th September, and three tasks were set. One sub-team was assigned to sorting out the books in the children's section, deciding which should be retained, and which to be disposed of, by means of sale to the public, A second sub-team was given the task of painting the front room above the library entrance, and the third sub-team sorted the upstairs book storage area, again deciding which books should be retained, and which should be disposed of. 

The young volunteers, were very polite, friendly, and extremely hard-working, and the day was most enjoyable for the library volunteers who attended. Some of us had difficulty understanding their conversations, coming from rather different generations. Two of us were rather fortunate to be treated to an impromptu performance of "Wonderwall", on acoustic guitar with vocals, which was an unexpected and very welcome bonus.

The Challenge at SCCL 2015

Amanda Sapio, Delivery Assistant Programme Manager from the NCS Kentish Town Office, who arranged the SCCL Challenge commented:

"NCS is an intensive, part residential programme for young people that takes place in the summer holidays as well as the February and Autumn half terms. Following an action-packed stay at an outdoor centre and a week spent learning a new skill in a tented village, participants develop a social action project to deal with an issue they care about and spend 30 hours putting their plan into action within their community. All 15 to 17 year olds across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are eligible to participate. Doing so costs £35-£50, and bursaries are available for low income families.
This year, The Challenge will work with over 650 schools and 2,000 business and community partners, employing over 2,500 staff to deliver NCS to 30,000 young people. Over 350 young people have taken part from Waltham Forest this summer. A team of twelve young people are working with South Chingford Community Library to help refurbish one of the upstairs rooms, along with sorting and cataloguing books as part of a volunteer day. The team are also running a campaign trying to engage young people using SCCL and are hoping to achieve £200 through fundraising. All our young people in Waltham Forest are working with community groups and charities based across the borough, all will complete a volunteer day along with campaigning on their partner’s behalf. 
NCS helps young people to develop important life skills, with participants reporting that the programme significantly boosts their confidence, leadership and team-working skills. It also benefits Waltham Forest by catalysing social action, creating jobs and building trust between young people from different backgrounds. One young person, Imaani described her visit with SCCL “The hospitality, consideration and utter love we experienced, truly opened my eyes to how important it is for young people to get involved in their community. If you want a positive change in your community, be that change”. "

For more information on the National Citizen Service Challenge, please visit

The Bingo Quiz

The bingo quiz was a great success, enjoyed by all, and raised £310 for library funds. Many thanks to Barbara, Marilyn, and their assistants, for organising and running the event.

The Bookmark Competition Results and Display

Following the judging and choice of winners by the judges, the bookmarks are now on display in the library.

bookmark display

The winning entries in each of the three age categories, together with the judges' comments, are shown below.
1st prize 3 - 6 years old
bookmark 1st prize 7 - 10 years old
bookmark 1st prize 11 - 14 years old

We express our thanks to all the young people who entered the competition, the judges Mika Sembongi and Kate Wyatt for deciding the winners, and lastly (but certainly not least) to Zara, who organised the whole event.

Valley Ward Councillor Surgeries

From Saturday 4th July, Councillors Jemma Hemsted and Alan Siggers will be holding monthly surgeries in the library, on the first Saturday of each month, from 10-30 am until noon. Councillor Aktar Beg holds monthly surgeries on the third Saturday of each month, from 11 am until noon. So, if you live in Valley Ward and have local issues that you wish to discuss, then please come along.

The Bookmark Design Competition (this is now closed)

We have a bookmark design competition for children of all ages between 3 and 14. Entry forms may be picked up from reception in the library, or alternatively, you may download the form here. The bookmark may be designed using traditional hand-drawn techniques, or alternatively may be crafted digitally. In the latter case, you may wish to download a bookmark template. You can design using any theme you wish, but if you need a suggestion, then favourite books or characters is one idea.

The prize for the winner in each of the three age groups is an arts and craft set, and the competition closes at 4PM on Monday 13th July 2015.
Kate Wyatt

Kate grew up in Dorset and went to school in Somerset, during this time she fell in love with the countryside. With a BA Hons in Fine Art, she has become known as one of the UK's leading wildlife painters with her work in many private collections and a number of leading art galleries such at the Royal Academy. 
The most important aspect of her work is to help contribute towards the preservation of British Wildlife, to depict the beauty of many different creatures and their tremendous characters, their courage and their need for survival through her drawings and paintings. She has enjoyed endorsements from the Dorset Wildlife Trust.

Kate Wyatt© Hare’s Breath Ltd
view Kate Wyatt's website

Mika Sembongi

Mika Sembongi is a Japanese artist/maker based in Walthamstow, London. Trained in Fine Art, Mika exhibited her work nationally before she started her Mika Bon Bon brand in 2014. Specialising in unique bags and gifts using her own screen prints with a sense of fun and a sprinkling of Manga inspired strangeness, she produces her works all handmade with a scrupulous attention to detail in her East London home studio.
view Mika Sembongi's website

Open Day - Saturday 11th April

The library celebrated its third anniversary with an open day on Saturday 11th April. Friends, members, volunteers, and representatives of associated organisations and regular users were present to add to the celebrations. These included Valley Ward Community police staff (together with mascot!), St. Edmunds Church, Age UK Waltham Forest, and Chingford Foundation Academies Trust, who also entertained us with singing in the afternoon. Regular groups including the Job Club , knitting groups, and the Spanish teacher, and a face painter were also in attendance, and the visitor numbers were approaching 200. Local councillors, and our MP, Iain Duncan Smith, who was also present on the opening day of the library on April 14th 2012, also attended. Thanks are due to Barbara and Marilyn, the principal organisers of the event, and all the volunteers who assisted, as well as the representatives of the organisations mentioned above, who all contributed to a very successful day. The slide show below gives a flavour of events on the day.


Open Day 2015


From the 18th April edition of the "Chingford Times"
Third Anniversary

Annual General Meeting 2015

The 2015 AGM will be held in the library on Wednesday 13th May, beginning at 7pm. All members of the library are entitled to attend.

Minutes of the previous meeting may be downloaded here, as well as a copy of the constitution, from here.

Open Day 2015 poster

From the 21st February 2015 Edition of the "Chingford Times"
Eva Spanish Lessons

Details of half term events in February 2015:
haf term February 2015

Lead piece from 9th January issue of the "Chingford Times"

Chingford Times 09 January 2015 lead article