Council closes Library, community re-open it


When Councils were forced to make cuts Warrington Council announced the closure of Grappenhall Library. After the shock announcement the local community and residents decided to take matters into their own hands, they applied to run it themselves.

In no time volunteers formed the Friends of Grappenhall Library and campaigned to take ownership of the building.

Eventually winning their campaign and receiving the keys they then raised money to make some much needed alterations, started collecting a good mix of books and organised volunteers for all the various roles.


It is now a registered charity and a busy community hub, able to offer far more than the library ever did.

There are lots of groups including mums and tots, reading groups, the monthly police community surgery, an exercise class and a meeting place for groups such as the WI.

The notice board provides lots of information relating to what’s on in and around the area, and signposts other community groups and services.


The library is run completely by volunteers. Running costs are funded by donations, by fundraising, and by fees raised from memberships of the ‘Friends’ group, which are £10 per year.

The library is also available to hire for events, meetings and groups, this also brings in funding.

The Friends of Grappenhall Library have done a wonderful job, it is a very welcoming building with friendly faces waiting to greet and help new comers, and what’s more you can have tea and cake while you’re there.

If you would like to volunteer or know more, visit the website and see whats on.




  1. sixdegreesofharmony
    May 19, 2015 / 19:02

    My brother in law is a head librarian in Flintshire and is so demoralised by the cuts that he’s talking about taking early retirement…

  2. May 1, 2015 / 22:15

    That is brilliant isn’t it? I love the library and think they are so important. It’s great that the whole community have rallied around. My daughters both love books, how cool would it be to have a tea party in there? then afterwards everyone could browse the books shelves xx

    • Nortonmum
      May 2, 2015 / 21:45

      Lisa that’s a lovely idea, they hire the library out as it’s not open all day every day.Great idea for a children’s party x

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