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Lowedges Library at “The Meeting Place”

Lowedges Community Library is open for business!

After a short time in Lowedges Community Centre last year, we are now partnering with The Terminus Initiative & based in The Meeting Place (formally Terminus Café). The library is run by the “Friends of Greenhill Library”, the group that manage Greenhill Community Library. We have a good selection of over 1,200 books – thrillers, crime, biography and more, and a collection of audio books. We have a great assortment of children’s books too, and we can also supply batteries for NHS hearing aids. To use the library you will need to register. Registration is free, but adults need to bring some proof of address.

To begin with our opening hours will be Monday 10am – 1pm, Wednesday 10am – 4pm

The library will be run in a Covid Secure manner, with limited numbers allowed inside, until restrictions ease. Please be aware you may have to queue for a little while. We look forward to welcoming you

Patrick Coghlan

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Patrick Coghlan, who passed away in April after a long period in intensive care with C-19. Patrick played a lead role in establishing Greenhill as a volunteer-run library and was our chairman for its first four years. More recently, he was the instigator of our project to open our new branch in Lowedges. He was passionate about libraries and reading, and his vision and calm wisdom will be sorely missed. Patrick used to talk about still being able to visit the library with his Zimmer frame when he was 90; sadly that is not now going to happen.

Pictured here are Patrick with Darrell Porter (council volunteer library support), councillor Mary Lea, and library operations manager Ann Hartley.

Status Update

Status update 19 September 2021

Our opening times are:

  • Mondays and Fridays: 10-12 and 2-4
  • Wednesdays: 2-4
  • Saturdays 10-12

We have removed our one-way system and social distancing zones. Our volunteers will continue to use face masks and we ask you to do the same. Please continue to use use hand sanitiser before handling books etc. We will be retaining the “sneeze screens” at the front desk. We have now restored the layout and seating in the children’s library back to normal and  hope to do the same in the adult library soon. Families are welcome to browse but we ask that children stay with their parents. If the children’s library is in danger of overcrowding you may be asked to wait.

Our library in Lowedges (relocated to what used to be the Terminus Café) is open Monday 10am-1pm and Wednesday 10am – 4pm. If you’re interested in volunteering to help here please email lucy@greenhill-library.org

Our coffee mornings are now back in the library on Thursdays. They run from 10.30 to 11.30  and offer free tea, coffee, biscuits, and conversation.

Thanks to all the gardeners, the visitors, and the kind weather that made our Open Gardens weekend such a success. We sold 308 tickets and raised £2,250! There are a few photos here.

Our 2021 scarecrow festival and competition ended on 21 August.  For a photo gallery of all the creations, check out our scarecrow page

We’re very pleased to announce our farmers’ and craft market on Sunday 26 Sept from 10am – 3pm. All stall holders will be outdoors (under gazebos); refreshments will be served indoors.  This is the first market we’ve held for quite a while so please come along and support the library and our local traders as we strive to get back to normal.

Our next cinema evening is on 22 October when we’ll be showing “Some Like it Hot”, the 1959 classic starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon. This time we’ll be serving refreshments. Advance booking essential .. click here.

A good way to keep up to date with what’s going on is to subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter. More info here.

Chris Brown (Chairman, Friends of Greenhill Library)

Book Club

New book club!

Due to the popularity of our existing book club we’ve started a new one! The club meets in the library in the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. The new group had its first meeting on 19 Feb.

If you would like to join please send an email to kirsty.atkin1@gmail.com

Another evening with Gavin Extence

Friday 27 September at 7.30: Another evening with Gavin Extence


We are delighted to welcome back our local, best-selling author, Gavin Extence. Come along and enjoy an informal evening, when Gavin will be telling us about his latest book, “The End of Time”. Set against the background of the 2015 migrant crisis, the novel tells the story of two teenage refugees, brothers, who are travelling across Europe to the UK. This is a free event – just turn up!

Harry Potter Day

Join us from 10am to 4pm as we turn the library into our very own Hogwarts.

  • Live owls
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Care of magical creatures
  • Divination (just for fun)
  • Spell lessons
  • Potions
  • Honeydukes sweet shop
  • Butterbeer and magic lemonade
  • Crafts and games
  • Personalised Hogwarts acceptance letters
  • Hogwarts quilt raffle
  • Free admission

Dressing up is strongly encouraged. Prize for the best.

Please be on your best behaviour, as you’re likely to meet Professors McGonegall, Snape and Dumbledore.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Saturday 6 April at 2pm: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

In this classic children’s movie from 1968, a down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children. They then go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land. Written by Roald Dahl and based on the novel by Bond creator Ian Fleming. Mary Poppin’s star Dick Van Dyke appears along with Lionel Jeffries.

No booking — just turn up. Suggested donation £3 adults £2 children. Refreshments and ice creams available.

Knit and Natter

Do you knit? Would you like to learn?

Lynn Munro runs a Knit and Natter  group in the library on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10.00 to 12.00.  Experienced knitters and beginners welcome. We can provide needles and wool if you don’t have them.

For more information email Lynn at lynnimunro@googlemail.com

Confused by Computers?

Are you confused by computers? Do you need help with filling in online forms? Or would you just like to get more out of your laptop, tablet or smartphone?

Heeley Trust run support sessions in the library every Friday morning. No need to book — just turn up. Bring your own laptop or tablet, or use the computers in the library.