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Important announcement regarding the future of the Friends of St Annes Library

Posted on: September 30th, 2016 by admin

We are delighted that the St Annes Library building has been saved to become a neighbourhood centre that includes a library service.   The building is to undergo some alterations to accommodate the Registrar from Lytham, meetings rooms, etc. During this phase it will not be possible for FOSAL to hold its Wii Keep Fit sessions or any evening events. As such, we will not be planning any events until further notice, including the upcoming AGM.

We are pleased that we can still offer our Knit Together sessions on the third Friday of each month. The Library Garden will still need us – perhaps even more so given the planned building work – so please do come along and help out to ensure that it will continue to look attractive and cared for.  To find out more about helping in the garden please contact Anne on 01253 711123 or email

Please keep checking back on this site for any further news. The Friends are a committed bunch of volunteers and will be planning a new season of events as soon as the Library work is finished.

Revised property proposals go before county council cabinet

Posted on: August 26th, 2016 by admin

Press release from Lancashire County Council re future of libraries and the establishment of ‘Neighbourhood Centres” (26 August 20160

The county council’s cabinet will be asked to agree revised plans to change the way frontline services are delivered, and save millions of pounds, by reducing the number of buildings the council owns and rents, after seeking people’s views during an extensive consultation.

Feedback from 7,700 responses has been taken into account in forming the alternative proposals to bring services together to form a network of multi-functional buildings known as Neighbourhood Centres, which would provide a base for a range of different services in one place.

The plans, which form part of the council’s property strategy, propose changes to where some services including libraries, children’s services, children’s centres, young people’s centres, youth offending teams, older people’s daytime support services, adult disability day services and registrars are delivered in the future.

Meanwhile more than 100 buildings would no longer be used for county council services and the number of places at which some services are available would reduce.

The cabinet will also be asked to agree to explore proposals made by a number of community groups and other organisations to take on responsibility for running some of the affected buildings and services.

The changes are in response to Lancashire County Council’s need to save £200m by 2020/21 as a result of ongoing government cuts to its budget and rising demand for services.

A report to the council’s cabinet published today outlines changes to the original plans, following a 12-week consultation held from 18 May to 14 August, with a number of revisions to which buildings are being proposed to house future services.

County Councillor David Borrow, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council and portfolio holder for finance, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation – their feedback has been invaluable in helping to shape the final proposals and the Cabinet will be giving the report careful consideration.

“Our aim is to find a solution that still gives everyone in Lancashire good access to good services, despite the pressures on the council’s budget. We have done a lot of work to assess where services should be located in future, taking account of things such as geographic spread, accessibility and the needs of different communities. Some of the changes to the proposals reflect what people have told us about the way they access these services.

“We’re also keen to continue exploring the potential for other groups and organisations to take on responsibility for some of the affected buildings and services, so we’re grateful for the interest that has been shown in that possibility over the last few months. The report acknowledges that more work will be needed to assess the business cases that have been put forward.”

The report also asks councillors to agree plans to explore alternative options for the future delivery of library services, with a focus on examining whether community-run libraries could add to the statutory service provided by the county council.

A package of help is proposed to help establish any community-run library, including £5,000 to cover set-up costs, shelving, an initial supply of books from the county’s store, and advice from a dedicated community library development officer.

Please hurry and fill in the consultation – you only have until Sunday 14 August

Posted on: July 25th, 2016 by admin

If you want your library to remain open please respond to the consultation

It has been brought to our attention that not many of  St Annes residents have not voiced their support for the current proposal to keep St Annes library open. Lancashire County Council could decide to close St Annes library because of a perceived lack of interest in keeping it open.

Please do respond to the consultation questionnaire and register your ongoing support for St Annes Library. We must ensure that positive support for St Annes Library is expressed loud and clear, otherwise the town could be left without a library.

The questionnaire can be completed online here   (paper copies are available in libraries and children’s centres).

If you have not done so already,  please could you sign the ePetition here.


Got a cat? Treat him to a cat nip mouse and help the PDSA

Posted on: July 4th, 2016 by admin


Cat not included but he says buy one or the mouse gets it!

Made by the St Anne’s Library Knit Together Group

£1 all for PDSA

On sale in the Library

St Annes Library to be saved?

Posted on: May 6th, 2016 by admin

According to the list of libraries to be closed – published late this afternoon (6/5/16) – St Annes Library isn’t on the list! Great news if true but not so good for Ansdell and Lytham libraries. More news as we get it.

A list of proposed closures is available here.

LCC to reveal which libraries will close on 6 May

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 by admin

Today’s (5/5/16) LSA Express includes an item that says LCC’s plans for the retention of certain public buildings (including libraries) and the closure of others will be released online tomorrow (Friday) 6/5/16). The period of consultation on these proposals will take place thereafter.

We will update as and when more news becomes available.


Sign the ePetition to Save St Annes Library

Posted on: March 7th, 2016 by admin

Councillor Peter Buckley has created a ‘Save St Annes Library’ ePetition on the Lancashire County Council website which can be accessed here. You will need to register, if you haven’t already – registration is quick and easy – it just requires an email address, password and your postal address.

Please sign the petition, spread the message and encourage friends and colleagues to register and sign the petition also.  Thank you.

Save our Library – Big Book Walk

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016 by admin

library book walk

The Lancashire Libraries Big Book Walk is taking place on Saturday 12 March.  We will meet at 9.30am  outside St Annes Library and walk to Ansdell Library, where we will meet up with others (at approximately 11.00 am) and then walk on to Lytham Library.  The idea is to read stories and poems along the way, as well as share local history.

As you are probably aware Lancashire County Council is to close 40 of our 70 public libraries. Only one of the three libraries in Lytham St Annes will survive. The Big Book Walk is taking place across Lancashire as a way of raising awareness of our libraries and their importance in the communities they serve.

Please do come along and walk part, if not all, of the way to Ansdell Library and please ask your family, friends, colleagues, etc to join us. Please bring your own refreshments.

A new purchase for the library

Posted on: February 28th, 2016 by admin

We were delighted to purchase a new camera and memory card for use by the staff of  St Annes Library. The camera will be used to photograph various library events and will be used for publicity purposes as well as providing a photographic record of past activities.

FOSAL was able to make the purchase from funds raised from our events. Thank you to all who came along and supported us. WEehave a number of varied events planned for 2016, information is available here. Further details will be made available shortly.

Lancashire libraries consultation 2016 – Have Your Say

Posted on: January 28th, 2016 by admin

The cuts are forcing Lancashire County Council to cut back on services. The Council may have to shut 40 of Lancashire’s 70 public libraries. The feeling is that only one of the three libraries in Lytham St Annes will be funded in the future.

LCC is undergoing a consultation process whereby residents can have their say on library services. A short questionnaire is available here. Please do take the time to fill it in – your library’s future depends on it.

Thank you.