St James St Library Campaign

ding dong merrily on high…(updated)
December 14, 2007, 12:41 pm
Filed under: campaigning, libraries, walthamstow

Fantastic night of Carol singing against the cuts both outside and inside the Town Hall on Wednesday night – big thanks to all of you who came, we counted about 50 people of all ages outside, serenading the councillors by candlelight as they went in. Not bad for something hastily organised in 24 hours to get round the council’s sneaky shifting of meeting timings!

See the video and read the press coverage here 

Some of us then went inside and sang joyfully from the public gallery. But rather than stay and listen to our musical rendition of what is going on in Waltham Forest, or even join in, the councillors trooped out of the Council chamber (though some were chuckling) after we’d done a few of our favourites.

Some councillors indicated their support verbally to the campaign to re-open St James St Library and protect services in Waltham Forest more widely – but the acid test will be their votes and actions over the next month or two as the budget setting finalised. We’ll be keeping a close eye, trying to lift the veil of secrecy over decision making and keeping you as informed as possible – now is a great time to be lobbying your councillors via letters, emails, and at their surgeries.

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!

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You’ve all done so well that I was hoping to give you a reopened library. Unfortunately Walthan Forest council shot two of my reindeer as we tried to land and I had to fly off and get medical treatment for them. Luckily they made a full recovery, but the reopened library may have to wait until next year.

Needless to say, I won’t be visiting many of the councillors, as they haven’t been good. I’ll drop off their presents to the sacked library staff and the kids who miss their books instead.



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