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Gloria Ford

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Shadwell Independent Library and Arts Centre: after many months of planning and hard work the Shadwell Independent Library was officially opened on Tuesday, April 16, by the Lord Mayor, Coun Ann Castle. Many of the volunteers were present together with Ward Couns, Parish Couns and residents of Shadwell. Robert Dyson, chairman of the Library Steering committee gave a brief outline of the work carried out in order to take over the library. Shadwell is one of the first library projects to achieve the Community Asset Transfer. The library is to be run entirely by volunteers and as well as supplying books it is hoped to hold other events in the building such as jazz and classical concerts, film club, history lectures etc. The library building will be 100 years old next year and it is a great achievement that it is still in use by the community. The lord mayor performed the official opening and welcomed everyone and thanked the volunteers for their hard work in making the project possible. Shadwell History society will be holding the first of what is hoped many events in the library on Tuesday, May 28 at 7.30pm. Dr Sylvia Pinkney will give a talk on Lady Elizabeth Hastings. Dr Pinkney is a member of East Keswick History society and is well known for her research and articles on Lady Elizabeth Hastings. She will give a very informative talk on the life of Lady Hastings, who was a local benefactor during the 18th Century. Much of the land in Shadwell and the surrounding villages is still owned by the Lady Hastings Trust. All are welcome to come to the library to hear Dr Pinkney’s talk, entrance is £2.50 and this includes tea or coffee. For tickets contact Denise Trickett on 0113 2737250 or email