Welcome to the summer 2018 ‘Newsletter’ of the Friends of Holmfirth Library and Tourist Information Centre (FOHLATIC).

The last 12 months has seen us consolidate our influence in the local community. Working alongside library staff (thank you!), FOHLATIC volunteers have initiated, and helped maintain, a range of activities aimed at attracting visitors to the library.

And it’s working! More of you are coming into the library than before. This means that the job of volunteers who work on a regular basis to help things run smoothly on a daily basis is increasingly important to the efficiency of the service. Thanks go to them.

The bottom line is that if the library and tourist information facilities are to be maintained – and enhanced – a concerted effort is required.

Your support is vital. You can all contribute to a more secure future for the library. Anyone who has the time or inclination to help in any way whatsoever please get in touch. Contact details are listed at the end of this Newsletter.


What has FOHLATIC done in the last 12 months?

More detailed information on our various projects and activities can be found on the Friends of Holmfirth and Tourist Information Facebook page, but it might be helpful here to make brief mention of our ongoing commitments, and of work in progress. It is self- evident that the more volunteers we have, the more we can do.

  • The contribution of FOHLATIC volunteers to the everyday operation of in house library services should be re-emphasised. This is vital work. Without more of it there is little doubt that opening hours will be further curtailed in the future.
  • Children’s story time and rhyme time sessions on Mondays and Fridays continue to be    popular. These are volunteer led, and are examples of the interface between volunteers and the community.
  • FOHLATIC works in conjunction with HoTT Edibles and other groups to adopt, stock, and maintain beds and planters throughout Holmfirth with vegetables, fruit and herbs which anyone in the community will be able to pick.
  • A longer term project is the development of a piece of land behind Longley’s café that has been passed on to us by Kirklees Parks Department. Over time this will be transformed into an accessible community garden for young and old alike, with particular emphasis on ‘sensory’ elements.
  • A considerable amount of work has been put into the recently launched ‘Walking Room’ at the library. This a resource for those wishing to discover more about the local area, providing a stimulus to exercising the body and the mind at the same time! A number of leaflets have been produced and are available free of charge from the Library.
  • In the course of the last 12 months FOHLATIC has hosted a number of well attended events in the library. These include a session with two local authors who talked about writing and their published books; poetry and musical evenings; and even a presentation on gin drinking!  Coming up on 25 June is a date with crime writer David Stuart Davies, who will talk about his work and, in October, a couple of sessions with renowned graphic novelists.

There will also be a talk on fashion in the age of Bronte which takes place early in October. Look on the FOHLATIC Facebook page for all these events, and more. There is something here for everybody.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into effect on May 25th 2018.  FOHLATIC holds data on its members in order to support the operation of the group. We have recently consolidated diverse mailing lists into a single database which only holds names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. This information is held to disseminate information about the group’s activities through its newsletter and to encourage participation at stages along the way.  FOHLATIC does not share this data with third parties. Should you not wish to continue to receive our newsletters, just let us know and we will remove your details from the database.


Annual General Meeting – 2pm Sunday 15th July 2018 at Holmfirth Library and Tourist Information Centre.


  1. Apologies for absence.
  2. Notification of items to be considered under item 7.
  3. Approval of the minutes of the AGM held on 24 July 2017. These will be pinned to the FOHLATIC notice board at the library.
  4. Chairman’s report – Peter Rudman.
  5. Treasurer’s report and approval of the accounts – Jon Ingham.
  6. Election of Officers.
    1. Chairman.
    2. Vice-Chairman.
    3. Treasurer.
    4. Secretary.
    5. Other committee members.
  1. Any other business as notified in item 2.

Anyone with an interest in the future of Holmfirth Library and Tourist Information Centre is welcome to attend.

Nominations for the officer positions, signed by the person making the nomination and by the nominee should be sent to the Secretary (fohlatic@gmail.com) by Monday 9 July 2018.

After the formal meeting, there will be a social get-together where we can all get to know each other a little better. Refreshments will be provided so it would be helpful if you could let us know if you intend to come by Monday 9 July at the above email address.

The lift at Holmfirth Library is now out of commission. If anyone wishing to attend the AGM is likely to encounter problems of access, please let us know and we will make arrangements to accommodate you.


What of the future?

No apologies for re-iterating the need for recruitment of more volunteers, because the community as a whole stands to benefit. The only way FOHLATIC can keep doing what it is doing, and continue to increase its range of activities, is with support from the community. We are conscious that we cannot promise more than we can deliver, so if you have ideas about future events or projects please let us know and please back them up with thoughts about how they might be achieved.

The FOHLATIC steering group meets regularly in the library, and everybody is welcome. Our aspiration is that the library continues to be a vibrant part of the community.  A place to find books, to access information, to meet people, join groups, make new friends, spend quality time. And all for free.


The formal consultation on the future of library services (and our TIC) closed in April with one of the largest responses to a Council consultation ever. Council officers are considering the submissions with a view to producing proposals for the future of the service. With a further 50% cut in budget this year, there is no doubt that some branches will close and there will be further staff reductions.  Volunteers are the future. With your help, we can keep Holmfirth Library flourishing.

Thank you.



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