A free Twixmas Drop-In was held once again on the Thursday between Christmas and New Year, this time with entertainment supplied by  Annie Riley, the "Sixties Songbird":

Annie Riley, Twixmas Entertainer

On 28th November, the ESOL Conversation Groups, led by Jo Lingard, invited library users to sample a range of traditional homemade foods from around the world. Children's toys and other second-hand items were also available for sale, and all proceeds were given to Haven House Children's Hospice, which is a charity caring for very ill children ( A collage of images from the day appears below:
Haven House day

We are all delighted that children from Chase Lane School continue to make regular use of the library during term time. They charm us all with their enthusiasm and good behaviour when they are with us:

Chase Lane Children outside library
Chase Lane Children inside library

For the third successive year, the library participated in events for the National Citizen Service Challenge, where groups of young people undertake useful projects in the library duribg the late Summer. We were pleased to have been awarded the following certificate this year, in recognition of our taking part:
NCS Challenge Certificate 2017

Alison Gordon, the newly appointed Local Area Coordinator for Larkswood Ward, now assists people in need, and uses the library as a base for two days each week, on a drop-in or appointment basis,
Taking Time to Listen
Thanks to everyone who assisted with and contributed to the Macmillan coffee morning in the library. The final total raised was £312.32.
Well done Marilyn and team!

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Poppy Appeal 2017

As usual, SCCL volunteers will be selling poppies outside  the library.

Please give generously in support of this very worthy cause.

2016 archive

Post Christmas Drop-In Day

The post Christmas drop-in on Thursday 29th December was a great success with more than 65 attendees. There was a wide range of ages, from babies to the elderly, with refreshments served throughout the day. Everyone who provided their details was issued with a free raffle ticket, resulting in very many happy winners.

During the day there was bingo and music and many new friendships were made. Everyone enjoyed themselves and all thanked the organisers when they left.

Thanks are due to the Thursday volunteers who organised the event, especially Jean, and husband Alan, Marilyn, and David, and their assorted helpers. 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

The Macmillan coffee morning raised the grand total of £278.10. Thank you to all who worked, and donated, to make the day such a success! 

New Classes on offer

Latest New Classes - by arrangement, guitar classes on Tuesday evenings from 4PM to 7PM, and, by arrangement, computer lessons for beginners on Wednesday evenings from 4PM to 7PM

Community Evening for Spanish Class Students Friday 9th December

Eva, with a small group of children from her Spanish classes, put on an evening for 50 members of family and friends, to celebrate their achievements.

Spanish community event 2016 performing children

The evening was very successful and well-organised, and we are most grateful to Eva for all her efforts in staging this fabulous evening. 

Here are some comments from the people present:

"It was a fantastic play. The children and parents enjoyed it a lot. I look forward to seeing more of it."

"Great evening - educational and fun - good to see the progress of the children"

Spanish community evening December 2016 audience

"The children and the night were interactive and would recommend lessons here"

"Great to meet people from the neighbourhood - very creative evening - the library is a place of encounter"

"A very entertaining evening - children were well-prepared - they enjoyed themselves and so did we - fantastic job - loved it !!!"

Well done Eva!

From 15th July 2016 Edition of the "Chingford Times"
free lessons in library

NCS Challenge Project for Young People - two projects in the library this year

NCS (National Citizen Service) is an opportunity for young people to develop new skills by volunteering. The library successfully took part in this last year for the first time (read the report). This year, we have two projects; the first principally concerned with book management within the library, and the second, with organising events for children, to run in the library on Monday August 1st.

The dates are:

Induction for Project 1:   Saturday 9th July   1-30PM - 3PM
Project 1 Action Day:       Sunday 17th July   11AM - 4PM

Induction for Project 2:   Monday 25th July
Project 2 Action Day:       Monday 1st August  11 AM - 4PM

The members from Project 1 will also be having a Social Action day on Monday 18th July,when they will be in and around the library, distributing fliers that they have produced, as well as cup-cakes, and also promoting the sale of children's books. So please come along and give them your support!

As part of the challenge projects in Waltham Forest, the volunteers also entered a Dragons Den on Saturday 16th July at Waltham Forest College. Copy kindly supplied by Roy appears below:

"Sue Brown and Roy Sutcliffe are dragons, at least in the context of being in a Dragons’ Den for the National Citizens’ Service Challenge programme.  They sat as a panel of four dragons, which also included Councillor John Moss, to hear presentations from five of the teams participating in this year’s challenge in Waltham Forest.  Each team was presenting its project and pitching for £50 to help them complete it.  As dragons they were able to question the teams about their projects, prepare feedback on the presentations for the programme management and decide how much of the funds available should be awarded to each team.  The presentations as a whole and the young people were impressive, and some teams were particularly outstanding in the level of professionalism they projected."

Some views from inside the den appear below:


putting "C" back into Chingford

Queen's 90th birthday open day 11th June

Some views from the Open Day appear below:

Red Balloon Family Workshops for Children now extended

Following the success of the first workshops in May, the run has now been further extended to the end of 2016 during term times. Please see details below. Please refer to the calendar for specific days:
Red Balloon Family Workshops
Here are three views from the Red Balloon Family activities towards the end of the year:
Red Balloon Family picture 1

Red Balloon Family picture 2
Red Balloon Family picture 3

Slide Presentation from the first Queen's 90'th Birthday Celebration in April


Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held in the library on Thursday 9th June, beginning at 7-30PM. We hope as many members as possible will attend. Questions will be welcome; this is your chance to have a say on how your library is run. Refreshments will be available. The statement of accounts appears below. Further details will be posted here as and when they become available.

Statement of Accounts for AGM 2016

Bingo Quiz - Saturday 19th March

The quiz was a major success, enjoyed by all, and there are requests for another one. We are indebted to Barbara and Marilyn and their supporters and all who attended.

The total raised for library funds was £260.

Thank You!

Half Term Events Feb 2016


The Galaxy bid to fund further events for children in the library

We wish to host more children's events in the library along the lines of the very popular and successful series of half term activities held at the end of October last year. 

We require funds to finance these events, and have therefore applied for £300 from the Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund. Five cash awards of £300 are awarded each week until 28th February 2016. Each week, one of these awards is a people's choice award, given to the bid which receives the most votes for that week. Please support the SCCL bid for the people's choice award by voting for us online.

To do this, please click on the link: 

You will be asked for your date of birth, after which you will be able to read the library's mission statement, together with details of the bid. You can then vote for us if you wish. Each week there is a new people's choice, so please vote each week until the end of February, but one vote only each week please.

Dementia Friends Session, 1PM to 2PM Wednesday 3rd February

If you are interested in attending the Dementia Friends session run by the Alzheimer's Society in the library  for up to 20 delegates, we recommend first viewing the following three videos:

For further details, and to sign up, please click here.