Twenty-five years ago Major-General Mark Bond officially opened the library at Crossways. In that same year, the war memorial was installed in the village to honour those who were stationed in Crossways during the two wars.
Also in that year, a young woman, Marilyn
Wheller, returned to the village where she was born. Two years ago she took over the management of the library: a library where today thanks to the enthusiasm and time of a number of people who have set up groups such as Knit n’Natter, Writing for Fun, Photography, Local History, Family History, and reading groups, the library is flourishing.
The library was threatened with closure in 2006 and again in 2010, but today thanks to the Friends of the library, the library has flourished in parallel with many others up and down the country who have embraced the changing needs of the public.
There are 17 volunteers who assist Marilyn in enabling the library’s opening times to be extended.
Twenty-five years on, Crossways library has celebrated its success. Among the guests was the first librarian at Crossways, Chris Galpin.
Perhaps the most remarkable event was the unveiling of a 28ft genealogical banner of the Icke family. Encouraged by Tricia Virgo who runs the Family History group, Mrs Icke had traced her family back to 1632.