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July 2023

Friends of Deddington Library - Deddington News July 2023

We've a great deal of news to share with you this month. We're very excited to welcome Gail Cripps as the new Deddington library manager. I am sir that many of you will be familiar with Gail, who was a staff member at Deddington some years ago and has provided lots of cover here recently. We very much look forward to working with Gail to ensure the library goes from strength to strength under her management. It is a great resource in our community and the Friends are thrilled to take it forward into a new chapter in it's history, supporting Gail at the helm. Gail recently held a coffee morning in the library for Friends and volunteers. It was a lovely get-together and we hope to have more of these team building events in the future. We're also delighted to welcome on Board Sharon who has taken over our social media management recently, and Jennie Clarke from Accure Financial Ltd , who has volunteered for the role of treasurer. Welcome to you both and thank you so much for joining the team. Last but definitely not  least, keep sending in your calendar photo competition entries. We've already received some stunning shots and I'm sure there are plenty more to be taken within the parish, ideally of a recognisable scene. As usual, landscape format, file size no smaller than 5mb and as a .jpg file.
Bryn Williams.


Deddington Library - Deddington News July 2023

The Library is gearing up for the Annual Summer Reading Challenge, starting on 8 July and running to 9 September. This is open to all children aged 4-16, with a mini challenge for under-4s. The idea is to read six or more books through the summer holidays, collecting rewards as you go and a certificate and medal at the end. The theme is Ready Set Read! There is also an interactive website with games and book recommendations. This will be my first Challenge after taking over the role of manager and I hope to make it fun for everyone. I have had a very warm welcome from our Deddington readers and look forward to the future.
Gail Cripps.

June 2023

From 1st June 2023 Deddington Library will have a new Library Manager!

The FoDL extends a warm welcome to Gail Cripps.
Gail, a familiar and friendly face at the library, having been a past member of staff here,
has family connections to Deddington and brings a wealth of knowledge and
experience as she has worked in the library service since 2005!
Welcome Gail from all at FoDL!

May 2023

We are in urgent need of a new treasurer. This isn’t an onerous role, just a couple of hours a month and a bi-monthly committee meeting. The accounts are kept on a spreadsheet so anyone with a reasonable knowledge of Excel and bank reconciliation will be welcome. This is a fundamental operation within the Friends group; attention to detail, accuracy and honesty are essential. For more information please email


Our 2024 calendar photo competition is well underway and already receiving entries. Now that the weather is finally improving and the evenings are getting lighter, there are more opportunities to get out and capture some of those stunning scenes in and around our parish. Please send your images as JPEG files, landscape format and, ideally, 5Mb or larger to me.

The Friends produce a welcome pack for people moving into the parish which includes really useful information on where to find what in the parish and, of course, library related information that we can’t wait to share with newcomers. If you have new neighbours or know someone who has, please contact Meriel at to get a welcome pack delivered to your new friends.
First published in the Deddington News May 2023. Bryn Williams

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