Exciting events sponsored by Friends of Pontesbury Library

When you read this our AGM and Atlantic Ladies talk by Di Carrington will have passed. We will report on this in the next Newsletter.
We are now looking forward to our talk by local lad Mark Evans entitled ‘Crossing the Empty Quarter’. The illustrated talk will recount his (the) first crossing of the Arabian Desert since Bertram Thomas in 1930. Mark has already presented his talk to a packed Hall at the Royal Geographical Society and a similar audience in New York, and is now setting out on a UK tour including Pontesbury! Mark has written an excellent book of the
same title and will have copies available for a book signing during the evening.
Mark Evans
Mark Evans outside the Library

The talk will take place at the Mary Webb School Hall at 7:00 on Friday, 5 May with a bar and light refreshments. We expect the event to be a sell-out so tickets will shortly be available from Pontesbury Library, Shrewsbury Library, the usual local Pontesbury outlets or from Friends of Pontesbury Library. They will cost £10 and £8 for concessions with the proceeds to be split evenly between the Friends of Pontesbury Library and the Friends of Pontesford Hill to contribute to the community work which both are doing.
Following our very successful plant sale at the Library last year, we are holding another bring and buy plant sale at the Library on Saturday 29 April 10:00 – 1:00. Please come along and support us. There will be plants, seedlings, gardening products, magazines and cakes together with the Friends’ usual excellent refreshments and a raffle.
Donations of plants, books, cakes and raffle prizes are most welcome during library open hours or between 2:00 – 4:00 on Friday, 28 April or can be brought along from 9:00 2on the Saturday (day of the sale). For further information ring 791171 or email: info@pontesbury library.co.uk or visit our website: pontesburylibrary.co.uk, or on facebook.
As you will see elsewhere in this Newsletter, local folksong enthusiasts are promoting a concert by Steve Knightley, a charismatic singer-songwriter and Patron of Shrewsbury
Folk Festival. The concert will take place at Minsterley Village Hall on Wednesday, 3 May, 7:00 for 7:30 – watch this space. The evening will include a bar and a raffle. Tickets costing £18 will be available from Pontesbury Library and the sponsors are kindly donating 20% of ticket sales to Friends of Pontesbury Library. Please support this excellent concert which is expected to be a sell-out.
Following their very popular ‘Precious Bane’ concert last year, by popular request, the Village Quire will be coming back to Pontesbury in October with a different concert – watch this space.
Late News
At the Friends Annual General Meeting on Friday, 17 March, the Treasurer was presented with three large and very generous cheques:
• cheque for £720.67 from the committee of the Rea Valley Local Produce Market – the proceeds of their activities when sadly they had to close;
• cheque from the Pontesbury Primary School Fund for £211.40 – the proceeds from their Christmas Fayre Raffle, presented by the pupils;
• cheque for £100 from Pontesbury WI.
These funds will, of course, go towards ‘Keeping the Library open’.
Those present at the AGM were also treated to a short presentation explaining their ‘House System and Shields’ by the pupils of Pontesbury Primary School (who are amongst our greatest supporters); and the exciting illustrated talk (mentioned above) by Di Carrington and Sharon Magrath – the Atlantic Ladies.

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