On November 28th 2018 Trawden open its community-owned, and volunteer-run library and shop.
It took over two years and several public meetings, to pull the project together, thanks to the dedicated and hard work of Trustees and more importantly the band of volunteers who freely gave up their time and services. It is these and lots more volunteers who came forward and continue to come forward, to offer their time and skills, that will continue to make this community venture a success.
Volunteers entirely operate the community shop, library and community hub, most of whom have no previous retail experience, but are learning new skills and gaining confidence every day.
The library is open the same hours as the shop, Books are available for loan on an informal basis, and you can make use of your LCC library service membership by ordering books online to collect at Trawden Community Library, without the usual online charges.
The full county library services are available via the laptops and computers in the community room. It is possible to order a book, from LCC library service and have it delivered to Trawden Library ready for you to pick up, and when you’ve read it return it to Trawden Library, best of all, it’s an entirely free service, no charges what so ever.
The Community Shop
The last shop in the village closed a couple of years ago; the new Community shop will not only be a real convenience, but destinational in the product ranges it has on offer.
The ethos of the shop is to reduce packaging, where possible and avoid single-use plastic, again where possible.
We have a whole area of the shop called “The Filling Station” dedicated to zero packaging. There are over 250 lines sold from hoppers, jars and scoop bins from which you can buy just the amount you require and put into the containers that you bring with you. Alternatively, you can purchase the jars we have for sale to help you along the path of reducing packaging and plastic in your household. There are products such as laundry liquid, washing up liquid, flours, sugars, nuts, pulses, herbs and spices.
Where ever possible we are supporting local producers, suppliers and local small businesses. We have milk, milkshake and orange in glass bottles from a local dairy, hand soaps made in Trawden. We have fresh cakes made daily in the village. Hopefully, we have all of the things you may have run out of, forgotten or just fancy
The convenience side of the village shop has tinned goods and dried goods: tinned peas, baked beans, tinned fruit and fresh cream, to go with it, we have your morning cereals or items to make your evening meal.
We will where possible respond to requests to add new items. So please give us feedback.
The Community Room
The community room and library are open at the same time as the shop.
A coffee machine is available, and comfortable seating makes the community room a perfect place to arrange to meet friends or family in a relaxed, pleasant environment. The community room is also available for parent and toddler sessions, childminders and get-togethers by small community groups.,
Drop-in family history tuition and support is available by appointment with Trish. Please telephone xxxx to arrange a convenient time
The community room is available for informal drop-in sessions that benefit the community, please inquire for more information or to arrange your session by contacting us on 07763506101.
There are three, free to use, laptops setup with internet access. Parental controls are enabled on each laptop to protect our younger community members from accessing inappropriate content. The laptops are available for use in the community room for work, leisure or school projects/homework. Speak to one of the shop or library volunteers for assistance.
Come on in and use the laptops at your leisure!
You can also use your laptop or phone to connect to the wider world with our free WiFi.
In the future we will be looking to run some beginners computer classes, everything from, how to turn on a laptop and use a mouse, (not the little brown four-legged ones that make you scream) to how to access the web, to using Skype and email to keep in contact with family and friend anywhere in the world. Please let us know if you are interested in attending these classes.
Other things to enjoy at our community hub:
Come on in and relax in our community room. Grab yourself a coffee, read your newspaper or book from the library service or simply meet with friends. A great little area to spend time, socialise and relax!
The Garden Area
Secure seating area to be enjoyed all year round in the lovely garden area of the community hub.
Small Meeting Room Hire
The community room in the library (that's the space in the library) will be available for hire by special arrangement – please ring our bookings number or email to book.
Community hub evening hire
There will be an option to hire the community hub in an evening for your events and enjoyment.