3rd December 2013
Decision taken by Lincolnshire County Council to close Wainfleet Library from 6th May 2014 and provide mobile-only service instead
23rd January 2014
Public Meeting called to address the demise of the library - 20 people volunteered to help
30th January 2014
Expression of Interest in running the library (working name - Wainfleet Library Association) e-mailed to Lincolnshire County Council
4th February 2014
Post Expression of Interest meeting - 26 people attended - 11 agreed to form a Steering Group
8th February 2014
Nine members of the Steering Group attended Library Business Planning meeting at Springfields, Spalding
13th February 2014
Inaugural meeting of the Steering Group - now renamed Management Committee of Our Wainfleet Library & Community Hub.
Five members agree to become Trustees.
14th February 2014
Expression of Interest rejected - new deadline of 28th February to resubmit on pro-forma.
We have to score 45 points to be allowed to complete the full Community Hub Application (Business Case) by 31st March
DAY TWENTY ONE
19th February 2014
Inaugural meeting of the Trustees.
Decision made to pursue the formation of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
24th February 2014
Volunteer Leaflet launched, with closing date of 14th March. This leaves only 17 days to complete the Business Case by 31st March!!
DAY TWENTY SEVEN
25th February 2014
Second Management Committee meeting, very useful three and a half hour marathon session - Business Case its way!
26th February 2014
Mentioned in the Grapevine section of the East Lindsey Target
27th February 2014
Meeting with Library District Manager Matt Stevens, at the library to identify current library assets we could inherit
28th February 2014
Second Expression of Interest submitted. (Not sure what the time scale is for an answer on this; we will have to presume it will be accepted as the deadline for the full Business Case is 31st March, CAN'T STOP)
Application to open a bank account posted
2nd March 2014
4th March 2014
"School Gate" Survey at Magdalen School - 46 responses
Meeting of Wainfleet All Saints Town Council, 6 Management Committee members attended, 3 as Town Councillors, 3 as Observers
The Town Council agreed to move to the Magdalen College building to help form the Hub. They will provide a letter to confirm this decision so that it can be included in the Business Case
The Town Council also agreed a donation of £250 as seed funding - just need a bank account to pay it into now!
DAY THIRTY FIVE
5th March 2014
Spoke to Robert Walker, Building Conservation Officer at East Lindsey District Council, he advised to contact English Heritage as Scheduled Ancient Monument designation overrides Schedule 1 Listing
6th March 2014
Spoke to John Brecon at English Heritage (East Midlands) advised us to speak to one of the Scheduled Monument Inspectors for pre-application advice.
Third Management Committee meeting
7th March 2014
Survey of people in the Market Place in the morning and Library vicinity in the afternoon (76 responses).
Response from English Heritage - the Scheduled Monument Inspector is coming to visit the site on 21st March.
9th March 2014
On-line survey launched via Wainfleet Past, Present and Future Facebook page
10th March 2014
Attended meeting of the Skegness Area Voluntary Sector Meeting.
Met various people from all kinds of organisations including Viv Cross, Senior Youth and Community Development Worker from Lincolnshire County Council, who covers the East Lindsey area.
Wainfleet St Mary's Parish Council agreed a donation of £250 as seed funding - still awaiting a bank account to pay it into!
11th March 2014
Letter received from Lincolnshire County Council; Expression of Interest to run Wainfleet Library ACCEPTED
Loads of work still to do to complete the Business Case application by 31st March; but at least the first hurdle is over!
Friskney "School Gate" survey - 34 responses - transport to Wainfleet identified as an issue by some respondents.
12th March 2014
Report on "Wainfleet Library and museum cut fears" on Skegness Standard website but, unfortunately, not in print.
Very useful meeting with Marie Chapman, Development Worker at Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS)
Contacted by East Lindsey Target about the possibility of a report in next week's paper
DAY FORTY TWO
13th March 2014
Fourth Management Committee meeting
14th March 2014
Last day for prospective volunteers to return their forms to Wainfleet Post Office
15th March 2014
A staggering 78 people (the Management Committee plus 67 others) have come forward to help save the Library!
17th March 2014
Meeting with Trustees of Magdalen Museum to discuss joint working
19th March 2014
E-mail from Jonathan Platt, Head of Libraries and Heritage headed "Lincolnshire Libraries Judicial Review" advising that "following an initial assessment, a full review of the county council's decision to change library services has been granted. A high court hearing will now be scheduled to examine the matter, giving both sides the opportunity to present their case. This will probably be in the summer of 2014." "At present, this does not change the deadline of 31 March 2014 for submitting applications and business plans, and I would encourage you to continue to work with my colleague Gary Porter, Network Manager East, on these."
19th March 2014
Friskney Parish Council pledge £250
DAY FORTY NINE
20th March 2014
Bateman's Brewery donate £500
Environmental Health Officer's site visit.
Two Volunteer "Welcome" Sessions at The Woolpack Hotel in Wainfleet - 59 people came!
21st March 2014
Tim Allen, Inspector of Ancient Monuments from English Heritage visited to provide pre-application advice for Solar Panels.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue site visit.
DAY FIFTY TWO
23rd March 2014
Fifth meeting of the Management Committee
Working on application until 1.30am
24th March 2014
Bid shared with Marie Chapman and Adam Dixon, Community Development Officers with Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service as "critical friend".
27th March 2014
Meeting of Management Committee to finalise the Business Case submission.
DAY FIFTY EIGHT
29th March 2014
BUSINESS CASE SUBMITTED at 13.34!
Covering letter plus 40 pages of Application and Appendices
28th April 2014
BUSINESS CASE ACCEPTED, subject to clarification of funding streams
Meeting of Management Committee with Jen Cairns, our Lincolnshire County Council Community Adviser at Magdalen College.
Letter received from Gary Porter confirming funding (subject to judicial review). Application for Charitable Incorporated Organisation status can now commence.
Meeting with Marie Chapman, Lincolnshire CVS, to finalise the application for Charitable Incorporated Organisation status.
Meeting of Management Committee with Tracey Scoot, Deployment Manager - Corporate Property at Lincolnshire County Council to discuss the lease and tenure of the building - cancelled
Meeting of the Management Committee to discuss the viability of continuing with the bid to use the legacy facilities at the Magdalen College. Members voted to seek alternative accommodation within Wainfleet as the College is deemed "not fit for purpose"
Meeting of the Trustees
Meeting with Jen Cairns to progress revised application. Site visit to Library and Wainfleet Community Hall. Rumbold Lane. Charity Commission registration form submitted.
Meeting of the Management Committee to discuss Wainfleet Community Hall site.
Charity Commission Case Officer appointed, application for Registration progressing.
Meeting with the Trustee and a representative of the Management Committee of Wainfleet Community Hall, to discuss the possibility of amalgamating so that the Library and Community Hub can use the site.
Meeting at Manby to discuss revised bid.
Judicial Review at the High Court
Decision taken to withdraw the bid for OWLChub to run a library in Wainfleet