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Long Melford Library has moved to a new building

Long Melford Library has now moved to its new home at the Royal British Legion on Cordell Road.

The library moved last week after the Long Melford Royal British Legion kindly agreed to accommodate it.

The library was previously based in premises attached to The United Reform Church. After the church closed last year, Suffolk Libraries were given notice that the owners wished to terminate the lease.

Left to right: Debbie Hebditch (chair of the Friends of Long Melford Library), Lisa Robertson (Friend of Long Melford Library), John Nunn (parish and district councillor), Jackie Rocker (treasurer of Long Melford Library) and Nick Castell (manager of Long Melford Library).

Bruce Leeke, Chief Executive of Suffolk Libraries, said:

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the community to the library in its new location. We’ll be running all our well-loved activities and services, many of which are staples for residents. The Royal British Legion is an ideal new home for the library as it’s already a local hub for activity, offers customer parking and is more accessible for disabled people.

“We’re very grateful to Long Melford Royal British Legion Social Club, parish and district councillor John Nunn, county councillor Richard Kemp and our colleagues for their help in finding a new home. As is always the case with our charity it’s been a case of working with local partners for the benefit of the community.”

Donna Kent, Long Melford Royal British Legion Social Club Secretary, said:

“The social club committee and its members are delighted to welcome Long Melford Library to its new home. We hope the relocation to our facility will allow the library to flourish and expand its user base across the parish. We look forward to working with Long Melford Library in what I’m sure will be a positive change for the whole community.” 

The library is retaining its opening hours and regular calendar of events in the new location. The library is initially offering slightly limited stock until new furniture arrives.

Long Melford Library is currently using a temporary number until the landline is redirected. Customers can call 07868659683 during opening hours.