Blackhorse Action Group and St James Street Library Campaign are delighted to announce that they have won a major grant from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).
NESTA received more than 600 applications for community projects around the country. Ours was one of only 17 winners. This brings twelve months of funding and expert support to the neighbourhood covered by BAG and is the next step towards bringing our library building, in Coppermill Lane, back into community use.
We have plans to create a community hub in the library building to promote the talents and creativity of local people, as well as bringing back a welcoming space for old and young. The aim is to engage the whole community in trying to improve cohesion and wellbeing in the neighbourhood.
The closing of St James Street Library remains a real loss to our community. Residents, library lovers and campaigners across the borough are starting to respond to further threats to library services. Having seen how much harm it has caused to our part of Walthamstow, the St James Street Library Campaign and BAG urge the council not to close any more libraries.
But after 4 years of effort and campaigning — with, in recent months, backing from Cllr Clare Coghill and Stella Creasy MP and a new spirit of cooperation from the council — we have won the chance to create a new community hub.
We look forward to bringing further good news soon.
St James Street Library Campaign & Blackhorse Action Group
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