Category Archives: Shepley Library

June 2017 News From Shepley Library

Library manager Julie Redfearn provides her regular update on matters in Shepley Library Read Kirklees To promote reading by adults, Kirklees Library Service publishes each month, “read Kirklees”, a newsletter which includes information about author and book events, reading groups, creative writing groups and competitions, along with book collections. To join, email Currently with […]

Library Focus Meeting on 16 March 2015

1. Volunteer’s Meeting Roger Prescott had contacted those people who had offered to volunteer at the library and invited them to a meeting on 18 March 2015. A number of volunteers had accepted the invite. It was also noted that some people could not attend because it was a morning meeting and they worked, whilst […]

Shepley Library Focus Group

Kirklees Council is cutting its budgets and services and Shepley Library and Information Centre is threatened with closure. The Shepley Hub Community Interest Company (CIC) is being set up to secure the future of Shepley Library and Information Centre by taking community ownership of the library building. The Shepley Library Focus Group has been set up as a […]

No ‘mandate’ required for future of Shepley Library

I read in the recent edition of the village magazine that a ‘mandate’ is required from villagers before any plans to safeguard the future of Shepley Library can be taken forward. This is not exactly the case and the confusion needs clearing up. The power to decide the future of the library building rests with […]

Steering Group Set Up To Save Shepley Library

Villagers have agreed to set up a brand new community steering group to help safeguard the future of Shepley’s library building. The agreement was made at a special village meeting held in the library on Monday. We are now looking for more volunteers from across the community to join this group. Around 25 people attended […]

No Magic Bullet To Save Shepley Library – Yet!

Villagers should be left in no doubt that next Monday’s meeting on the future of Shepley Library will be a watershed moment for deciding whether we keep the library building, or not. I don’t make any apologies for being frank and open with you about the challenges facing Shepley library. I’ve known many of you […]

Footfall Figures Concerning Shepley Village Library

Outside of Shepley Library taken from Marsh Lane, Shepley

Next Monday’s Special Village Meeting on the village library will provide attendees with a stark reality check on the number of people currently using library and information services, as well as the library building itself. The official footfall figures are truly depressing, and are a lot less than the 24,000 person footfall we’d been working […]

Special Village Meeting on Shepley Library

A Special Village Meeting is taking place on Monday 8th December 2014, 7:30 pm to discuss the Village Library. Village Resident Will Roebuck sets out what he’d like to achieve from the meeting. In recent weeks there has been a fair amount of criticism, misinformation and concern in the village over the future of Shepley […]

Shepley Village Community Interest Company

Outside of Shepley Library taken from Marsh Lane, Shepley

The Village Community Association Committee is to recommend that a Community Interest Company (CIC) is formed as soon as possible, to take on the Asset Transfer of the Library building from Kirklees Council in order to protect the building for Shepley residents. The CIC would then become responsible for running the building, raising income to […]

Update on future of Shepley Library

Shepley Village Association have been looking into the possibility of facilitating a Community Asset Transfer (CAT) of the Library building to a Community Interest Company (CIC) in an aim to save the library and more importantly a valuable village building and community asset that cannot be replaced once gone. The SVA meeting on the 30th […]