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Join us for the Library Official Opening on 25th and 26th March at Charles Waterton House. Novelist and scriptwriter Joanne Harris with her storytime band will be helping us celebrate as will children’s activities, local artists’ exhibition, open bistro & food truck and music.

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We are delighted to announce that the Walton Community Library has re-opened and is now fully operational. Our team of volunteers have been working hard for months to be sure we were ready and were duly rewarded when we  opened on 1st December.

We have a marvellous new home at Charles Waterton House. It is a purpose built space and is marvellously light and airy.  With new armchairs there is ample space to relax. Our book stock is constantly updated and the children’s section is a delight. We have a brand new suite of computers available for  the public to use  free of charge  and new photocopying facilities as well.

Having been closed for some two years Walton’s Community Library will be developing and expanding the range of our associated activities - from Chess Club, Wine appreciation group, book club, regular  monthly talks as well as the cycling and nordic walk groups. Music  is catered for through  the Walton Singers and the Ukulele band. Class groups from Walton Primary Academy are  planning to make  weekly visits.

We are open 6 days a week 10.00-16.00 each weekday and on Saturday mornings  from 10.00-13.00.

There is a fully equipped kitchen adjoining the library and we are are hopeful that, before too long, a cafe will be opened providing a range of drinks and light meals  for those using the library.

The new library  is without doubt a fabulous facility for Walton and one of which the whole community can be proud. For this we must thank Engie Regeneration  who have worked with  us throughout the Covid-19 restricted period to bring this project to fruition.

We must also thank our Parish Council, Wakefield MDC and Jon Trickett MP for their support.

For more information about our events and activities  please view our website  at    www.waltonlibrary.org.uk or join us on Facebook. As we depend on our volunteers we welcome anyone who would like to become involved  in our activities in whatever capacity so if you would like to be involved please contact Rita Anderson on 07789 258987.

Trustees of Walton Community Library

January 2022

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Photograph Competition 2022

All photographs should be in landscape orientation, taken by the entrant and recognisably have been taken within the Walton parish boundary shown on the map below. All the Nature Park is included.

A maximum of 3 entries per person should be sent to waltonshots@gmail.com before Saturday September 18th. Hopefully all entries will then  be on display for a public vote to select photos for the 2022 Walton Calendar

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#Walton Library Reopening
New Premises!!
Your library is moving, and we hope to be open soon. The new building is looking impressive and will accommodate all the activities that were going on before, e.g. Guides, choir, chess club, book club, ukulele groups and, hopefully, some new ones as well. This move will incur considerable expenditure. Walton Community Library is a charity and Covid-19 has meant that our normal fundraising, like that of many charities, stopped completely.
We want to make the inside of our new building look as good as the outside. We aim to raise £25,000 to provide, for example, essentials such as chairs, folding tables, and computers as well as more specialist items such as dementia friendly equipment, interactive toys for children, and equipment to showcase the budding entertainers amongst us.
Please give whatever you can via a bank or the following links
Thank you
The GoFundMe link is https://bit.ly/3jz6R0L
Walton Community Library,
Charles Waterton House,
6 Almond Avenue, Walton,
Wakefield WF2 6UA.
Charity Number 1154607
Bacs: Walton Community Library
Sort Code 08 92 99
Account no 65888649
Cheques made payable to Walton Community Library
and can be dropped off at 48 School Lane, Walton.
The GoFundMe link is https://bit.ly/3jz6R0L
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Over the 6 weeks of April to late May 2020, Walton Food Aid has captured the imagination and hearts of the village. In total we have, to date, distributed 35 parcels (70 carrier bags) to the families in the village as identified by the Walton Primary Academy. A further 50 parcels (100 carrier bags) will be distributed in the weeks to come.

During this time Walton Community Library Trustees and Working for Walton C.I.C. have contributed equally to this project. In addition Walton residents have very generously given the equivalent of £950 in food/money: THANK YOU. We are indebted to Cherry Tree Stores for assisting in the collection of food and St Paul’s Church for storage and distribution.

Covid-19 Walton Aid’s support to the village continues unabated. In excess of 200 requests for shopping, prescriptions and ‘keeping in touch’ telephone calls have been fulfilled. Residents regularly make new requests as unfortunately lockdown continues for many.

NB We are no longer collecting donations of food as we are only allowed to run this initiative for six weeks. If you know of anybody who continues to need support in this way contact 01226 727824 in the first instance.

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Walton Library based Wakeylele Ukulele Group performed in front of an appreciative  audience at Sherwood Court, Kettlethorpe on 21st February, 2020.

The band was led by David Broadbent who entertained between songs with his humorous accounts of the stories behind the songs, lncluding the BBC banning George Formby's 'When I'm cleaning Windows'.

Highlights included Dirty Old Town, Country Roads, Feeling Groovy and Elvis classic Return to Sender.

There was a chance for the audience to join in the singing with Old Time Favourites; Roll out the Barrel,My Old Man said follow the Van, Wont you come Home Bill Bailey, Yes Sir that's my Baby and Knees up Mother Brown.

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Maria, Sue and Margaret on the Pickering to Whitby North York Moors Railway Ukulele Express

Roy’s Video 

Walton Ukulele’s annual excursion to Pickering to join the Ukulele Express
was, as always, great fun with over three hours of playing and singing on the return train journey across the beautiful North York Moors. There were groups from all over the UK on board with sections from Hull and Warrington adjacent to us. The Wrens with Felicity were further down the train.

On the way to the seaside we all played from the Uke Express Official Songbook. This included Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds which pleased Sue Taylor so much that when we reached the end of the song she yelled, ” last verse again” and after that “AGAIN” each time we got to what we thought was the end.

At Whitby there was time for Fish and Chips at the Magpie followed by a stroll in the sunshine to Whitby Music Shop, managing to get lost on the way, and then a pint for some back at the excellent railway station bar.

On the return most in our carriage sang our Walton Uke Express  Songbook which contains 17 songs selected by Maria, Margaret, Sue, John, Roy and Richard. There were also songs sheets distribute by other groups with the last verse of Delilah ringing out at Pickering Station as the Uke Express came to its final stop with bemused and smiling NYMR passengers looking on from the platform.

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Stan Sykes’ video of  Ukulele Lady

Twelve players from Walton Ukes teamed up with Cawthorne Ukulele for this gig in the splendid Cannon Hall Ballroom to help celebrate the Apples and Pears festival.

The Songlist was Putting on the Style (Lonnie Donegan), Shotgun (George Ezra), Somewhere over the Rainbow ( Israel Kamakawiwoʻole) , Ukulele Lady ( Vaughn De Leath ), Deadwood Stage (Doris Day), Whiskey in the Jar (The Dubliners), Grandma’s feather bed (John Denver)

The Ukes were followed by Cawthorne Brass Band.

The performance  was well received  and Cannon Hall are hoping we might appear there again at Christmas when the ballroom is decked out in all it;s seasonal finery.

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October 20th 2019

A new Festival featuring all things ukulele was held at Horbury Community Centre on 20th October. Organiser Lorraine Lane attracted seven Ukulele groups to perform throughout the afternoon, There is a beginners workshop, ukulele artwork and a mass ukulele jam to round of the day.

Walton Ukuleles and Walton based Wakeyleles performing at the festival.

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Thursday 21 February 2019 – Sarah Leah Cobham, CEO of Dream Time Creative gave her talk on the Forgotten Women of Wakefield at Walton Community Library to a packed audience. Sarah brought the subject to life and surprised us with the ways in which Wakefield has been at the forefront of the women’s suffragist movement and women’s education.

She and her team of volunteer researchers are dedicated to raising the profile of these important women and ensuring that they and their achievements are commemorated appropriately with Blue Plaques in keeping

 

with the plaques already erected to commemorate significant men and buildings.

Huge thanks to Sarah for an interesting and entertaining evening as part of the library’s Third
Thursday Topic program. The audience certainly appreciated the surprising information about the
ways in which these women made a difference during their own lifetimes and how this changed life
in Wakefield, UK and the world at large.

More information about the Forgotten Women of Wakefield and Dream Time Creative can be found
on their  webpage