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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before Saturday September 18th. Hopefully all entries will then be on display for a public vote to select photos for the 2022 Walton Calendar
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.
The Trustees of Walton Community Library are pleased to announce that following discussions held over recent months agreement in principle has been reached with the Directors of Waterton Academy Trust (WAT) and the Governors of Walton Primary Academy to secure the future of the Library.
The school authorities have agreed to grant a long term sub-lease of land, rent free, in the school grounds adjacent to the entrance to the school off The Grove. To implement this the Library Trustees have embarked on plans to complete a new building prior to Summer 2020.
In the intervening period the school intends to partition the existing library space and to use the rear section for music and other educational purposes. The library will be re-organised to occupy the front section. Works for this will be completed in the coming summer holiday.
The Trustees would like to thank the WAT and the school’s Governors for facilitating this development in the life of the Community Library and for their continued support.
Our aims are ambitious. To achieve a new building which will be of a design in which the whole village can take pride and one which will make possible a wide range of activities, events and uses available for the whole community. It will be much more than just a library. That said there is a massive amount to do on many fronts, legal, planning, design, construction and, not least, fundraising to obtain the not inconsiderable finance that will be required.
Dates for the temporary closure of the Library to allow for the partitioning and re organisation works will be announced shortly. We intend to hold a public consultation meeting this coming Autumn to share with the village details of the new building proposals.