The community of Hanham has come together to fight against the council’s planned proposals to restrict its opening hours to only two days a week in a campaign started by local mums.
When the news of the planned restriction of opening hours first spread throughout the community on 28th January, some local mums who regularly visit Hanham Library and attend the library’s Bounce and Rhyme and Story Time sessions with their children, decided to start a campaign against the plans.
The mums formed a Save Hanham Library Facebook group which now has well over 1,000 members, an online petition which also has well over 1,000 signatures, plus a South Gloucestershire Council e-petition.
The campaign has also been featured in local magazines, the Bristol Post and on Radio Bristol.
And, as well as gaining the support of the community in Hanham, the campaign has also gained the support of Stephen Marchant, comic writer Cavan Scott and children’s writer Elen Caldecott.
It is not only adults who are upset about the planned restrictions of opening hours at Hanham Library but the younger members of the community also. Here is a video of a local 5-year-old expressing his views about the proposed plans to local MP Chris Skidmore.
This evening local campaigners will be attending a planned South Gloucestershire Council meeting at Kingswood Civic Centre to put their views across about the plans, and members of the community, along with many children, will also be protesting outside with banners and posters.
If you would like to join in the campaign to Save Hanham Library, you can do so by clicking on the links above to join the Facebook group and sign the petitions and by joining campaigners this evening.