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YOUR NEW COMMITTEE

Thank you to the 80 members who attended the Friends’ AGM on 18 March. Sorry the Gallery was so crowded; the number was even more than we had hoped for. With only a couple of dissenting voices, the meeting was overwhelmingly in agreement that we must keep our public library professionally staffed and continue all the activities which make it the successful hub of our community.

The following were elected to serve for the coming year:

Chair: Jeffrey Doorn
Vice Chair: Stephen Carlill
Secretary: Nicholas Edwards
Treasurer: Bob Goodrick

Committee members: Elizabeth Ochagavia, Jackie Plumridge,
Helen O’Rourke, Gulnar Hasnain,
Laura Swaffield, Olga Stelmakh,
Gordon Harkess, Dalvir Kaur.

I am grateful to Bob, Nick, Liz and Jackie for continuing to serve. It is a pleasure to have Stephen and Helen back; and we warmly welcome Gulnar, Laura, Olga, Gordon and Dalvir. Their wide interests, knowledge and skills will be invaluable.

As agreed by the meeting, we will press ahead with the arrangements for a consultative body for all library users, working in cooperation with our library staff.

The committee has met informally to sketch out the way forward, the first priority being our submission to Lambeth’s Culture 2020 consultation.

Project group thanks newsletter volunteers

The Project Group thanks all volunteers for helping to deliver around 10,000 newsletters in Herne Hill ward and parts of Village and South Camberwell wards.  This has been a great effort by local people, with the exercise being completed in under three weeks!  Particular thanks go to the Friends for their contribution as many came forward to help. The newsletter has been well received in the area with positive responses and offers of help coming in on the ‘getinvolved’ email address.  We are in the process of contacting these people to explore how best to take up their offers of help. A Big Thank You everyone !

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Joining us will help in our campaign to reinstate Carnegie Library for the community.

Becoming a member is easy; simply download a membership form here and return it to us by post.

Alternatively, please fill in a Standing Order mandate for your bank to make payment to our account number 65651232, sort code 08-92-99. Please send us an email to tell us (foclmembers@gmail.com). You can also pay by Paypal:




The Friends of Carnegie Library was formed in 1999 to campaign against closure, revitalise the library, and raise its profile within the local area. Your donation will allow us to continue campaigning to improve library facilities and increase community involvement in this beautiful Grade II listed building. By joining the Friends you will receive:

  • A quarterly newsletter delivered to your letterbox or email inbox
  • Involvement in your local community
  • A voice at our AGM in March