Walk and talk in aid of community library

By Mike Lewis in Local People

OVER 50 visitors and residents joined Newport historian Reg Davies for a walk and talk in aid of Newport Community Library recently.

The walk, from the Visitors’ Centre on Long Street, offered some fascinating insights into the history of the town, concentrating on St Mary’s Church and Newport Castle.

This was followed by afternoon tea in the castle grounds, provided by library group volunteers, who laid on a feast of home-made cakes.

Newport Castle is a private residence, so it was a real treat to enjoy tea overlooking the lovely castle gardens and, as a bonus before heading home, the group were taken to see the hidden moat garden in the castle grounds.

At the start of July, Newport Community Library celebrated their first birthday being run by volunteers, in conjunction with Pembrokeshire County Council. 

They have recently won Pembrokeshire Volunteering Awards 2017’ - “to recognise their outstanding contribution to the community through volunteering”. 

Jean Coyne, committee chair, said: “We have been incredibly successful in keeping the library going and our volunteers are amazing in their enthusiasm and commitment to the task.

“We have all made new friends and established some quite close working bonds together.”

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