Explore a year of art at Catterick Garrison library

catterick libraryArtwork produced in workshops at Catterick Garrison library during the last 12 months, along with the works from all eight libraries that hosted workshops during a three-year project, go on show this week.

Local residents are invited to visit the library on 1 March, from 2pm to 4pm, to help to celebrate the Creative Residencies project. The project has seen a diverse series of art workshops take place at the library during the last 12 months. Refreshments supplied by the Veteran’s Artisan Bakery will be served.

County councillor Chris Metcalfe, executive member for library and information dervices, said: “As part of the three-year Creative Residencies programme, 24 artists will be based in eight libraries to work with local people on a range of projects to widen participation in art, raise the profile of libraries and engage children, families and older people to develop inter-generational projects that are fun and inspiring.”

In November 2013, North Yorkshire County Council’s library service won funding of almost £100,000 from Arts Council England to put artists into libraries to work with communities. Creative Residencies is the resulting partnership project between the County Council’s library service, NYMAZ youth music programme and the County Council’s youth services to deliver these arts workshops.



‘Innovative and moving’ community art display



Hipswell Primary School pupils Ruby Dower, James McNab and Daisy Smith with (from left) creative writer Irene Lofthouse, artist Sue Dewhurst and adult workshop participants
Lenny Szrama and Jackie Walker.

The This Is Me art project involved children from Hipswell Primary School, residents of The Beacon centre for single ex-service men and women, and members of the wider garrison community.

They worked at Catterick Garrison library with creative writer Irene Lofthouse and artist Sue Dewhurst to explore identity through visual imagery and creative writing.

Those taking part researched, gathered information and shared personal stories through writing, icons or decorated matchboxes.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, executive member for library and information services, said in a press release today: “The Creative Residences programme can only strengthen the library’s role as a hub within the community as it brings together people of different generations and backgrounds. The results of the This Is Me project were innovative and often moving.”

The workshops formed part of North Yorkshire County Council’s Creative Residencies programme, which brings artists into libraries to widen participation in art, raise the profile of the libraries and engage with children, families and older people to develop intergenerational projects that will be fun and inspiring.

The results of the This Is Me project have now been displayed at Catterick Garrison library. Four more artists will work at the library over the coming months, with the next sessions scheduled for July.

Wanted: Volunteers for Richmond, Catterick and Colburn libraries

The way our libraries are run is being changed due to cuts by North Yorkshire County Council and so volunteers are needed for each of them.

If you’ve some time to spare, there’s going to be information sessions taking place to find out more about what’s entailed next month.

Richmond library has fared best out of the changes and will still be run by 60 per cent of current staff, along with volunteers. Catterick and Colburn are becoming so-called  “community-managed” libraries and so will need a volunteer group to take on the management and running of the library, with some hours of professional staffing every week to support volunteers.

The information sessions are being held as follows; Catterick, October 7, 4pm – 7pm; Colburn, October 13, 4pm – 7pm; Richmond, October 22, 4pm – 7pm.

Whichever library is your local service – they all need volunteers.

You can find out more about volunteering here.

Value a library in Richmond? Now is the time to speak up

Across the county (and the country) library services are being cut. Protest groups are launched and people take to the streets in many places as the government’s austerity cuts to local governemnt continue to bite. Here in Richmond, there’s just a couple of days left to let the council know what you think about our library.

The Dundas Street venue looks to be well used with more than 53K visits recorded last year. It has a great quiet working area with free wifi (which is where your Richmond Noticeboard is occasionally compiled) and serves the local community without the need for a car or bus trip.

BUT, this could all change. In effect, Richmond is in competition with the shiny, new, modern facility down the road at Catterick Leisure Centre as North Yorkshire County Council see there being only one ‘core’ service when the cuts are made.

So now’s the time to have your voice heard. Responses to the consultation have to be made before February 8. SIGN UP HERE.

North Yorks Council under fire for £800k union bill

An investigation by the Yorkshire Post has revealed that one of the biggest spenders of money on union activity was North Yorkshire County Council where council staff spent almost £800,000 on supporting union activities.

Using figures revealed using Freedom of Information requests the newspaper looked at many Yorkshire councils – read the full reports here.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire County Council, which is currently consulting about the future of Richmond’s library and other services in order to save money, said part of the reason for larger costs in the county was the way it funds schools.

A spokesman is quoted in the YP saying: “The council as responsibility for more schools than other authorities, and also has fewer academies, with a schools workforce alone of 14,000. Other schools and authorities pay for unions in a different way to us; we provide access to union support and recharge our schools.

“The geographical area covered by the county inevitably means there is an increase in travelling costs to cover the 3,100 square miles in North Yorkshire.

“The recent level of school restructure and restructure within the county has seen increased legal requirement for union representation with more than 30 per cent of staff being at risk of redundancy since 2010.”

The issue is one with a political edge, particularly in election year of course, and Union officials told the newspaper that the Government’s own 2007 research showed that well-run union departments saves the taxpayer up to £400m a year by improving retention, training take-up, health and safety and dispute resolution.