NEWSLETTER, January 2016

A happy and healthy new year to members old and new, with a welcome to new members who have already joined us this year.

This month your membership subscriptions are due, as you know, and may I remind you of the new increase as follows:-

Annual Subscription £30

Life Membership over 65 £300

Life Membership under 65 £500

PLEASE, if you pay by Standing Order, inform your bank of the increase. To those of you who have forgotten to do this, please send a cheque to the Library for the outstanding balance. Many Standing Orders are still coming in at £25 or £27.

As of the beginning of this year Annabelle and Katie’s working days have changed, alternating Tuesdays and Fridays, as Annabelle is working a day a week less. We have employed a new member of staff, India Vaughan-Wilson, who commenced work this January. She will be in on Tuesdays and Fridays each week.

As some of you may know, the transformation of the Newspaper Room is now complete with grateful thanks to Mark Penrose, our Health and Safety Committee Member, and David Mann. New lighting has been installed in each room and we hope to acquire table reading lamps for the Reading Room. Please be aware that we may have to close the Library for a couple of days in February for health and safety reasons when the hall and stairway will be given a new decorative lease of life – we will inform you of dates.

On Wednesday 13th January our Winter Lecture – a film by John Potter – was very well attended and appreciated. Our next lecture on 10th February will be given by Professor Michelle Brown on Lindisfarne, Tells & Bodmin, the Great Gospels of Medieval Britain.

Jenny Scanlan is retiring as Honorary Librarian and Helen Kestle as Committee Member. Jenny has been Hon. Librarian for many years, arranging our lecture season very successfully and chaired our Book Selection Group. We hope that both continue to advise us in this group. Helen has also assured us that she will continue her voluntary role in the Photo Archive.

Details of the AGM (Monday 7th March, 2pm) and nomination paper for two posts can be found below.

Management Committee meetings are held on the first Monday of each month in the Library at 9.30am. This year we have co-opted Alan Oliver to the Committee and welcome his expertise with the publishing industry.

The Library is combining with Andrew Symons ( – Jerry Hones & Andrew Symons) and Harding Web Design in the creation of a Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch collection and a Couch research website. The collection and the website will include material by and about Q and his distinguished scientific forebears.

Some dates for your diary:

Wednesday 10th February, 2pm: Winter Lecture Series
Professor Brown – Lindisfarne, Tells & Bodmin. The Great Gospels of Medieval Britain.

Monday 7th March, 2pm: AGM (to be held at the Queen’s Hotel)

Wednesday 9th March, 2pm: Winter Lecture Series
Dan Garside – Africa & Books

Saturday 12th March: Book & Bric-a-Brac Sale

Saturday 14th May: Book & Plant Sale

Saturday 18th June: Summer Fete

Saturday 13th August: Cornish Coffee Morning & Book Sale

Saturday 24th September: Book Sale

Again, I must thank all our volunteers in all departments for their unstinting loyalty and devotion to duty.

With best wishes,

Mary Ellery



Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the MORRAB LIBRARY, PENZANCE.

The A.G.M. will be held at the Queen’s Hotel, Penzance on Monday 7th March, 2016 at 2pm.

Nominations for Officers and Committee members must be received in writing to the Hon. Secretary by Monday 8th February, 2016. Resolutions must be submitted to the Hon. Secretary by Monday 1st February, 2016.

Rowan Musser
Hon. Secretary

Nominations for Officers and Committee Members:

The following Officer posts are due for election:

Hon. Librarian

Please indicate nominations and seconders below:

Nominee                      Proposer                             Seconder

………………………….      ……………………………..        ……………………………
Committee Members: There is 1 vacancy.

Please indicate nominations and seconders below:

Nominee                      Proposer                             Seconder