News from Friends of Bishopston Library

October 26 2018

There is encouraging news about the library service, with all libraries remaining open for at least two years, and conversations about to take place with all library communities.

 These will look at the overall shape of the city wide service but also allow each library to consider how its service and building it can best meet local community needs. 

We had a great range of activities during Libraries Week on the theme of wellbeing, a week packed with cake and coffee, conversation and singing. It was great to see the library being used and enjoyed by so many people. And if you ventured out onto the terrace in the glorious October sunshine you will have seen the recently installed planter, full of subtle colours and textures. Our thanks to the Bishopston gardening group for this beautiful addition to our library.

Also in October, Sumita Mukherjee gave a fascinating talk about Indian suffragettes, a story known to very few of us, even if we have been actively involved in celebrating the centenary of some British women getting the vote. Sumita’s research included stories of Indian women living in the UK who were involved in suffrage activities, most notably Princess Sophia Duleep Singh.

November marks the centenary of the end of WW1. On Friday 2 November at 7.15pm we welcome the Hotwells Howlers, giving one of the last performances of their informative, funny and moving Stony Broke in No Man’s Land. This well - researched show, told through songs, readings and images, is based on the experiences of ordinary men and women from the Bristol area who found themselves in extraordinary situations, both in the trenches and on the home front. 

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