We need a new secretary! This voluntary role would suit someone who is organised, with good attention to detail and strong record-keeping capabilities.

Friends of Marsden Library exists to support Marsden Library. We enhance the activity of Kirklees Library Service by promoting awareness of the Library, putting on additional events and workshops to add value and enjoyment to the community, and helping to recruit volunteers to work in the Library, alongside Kirklees Library Service staff.

The secretary is a trustee of FoML and a member of the steering group. Meetings are once a month, on a Monday from 6.45 – 8.15 at Marsden Library. We need minutes that accurately record decisions taken – but it’s not Hansard, so we’re not looking for a detailed account of our meetings. The secretary also acts as our Company Secretary, with responsibility for maintaining our constitution and advising on the rules it sets out. This covers trustee election, voting etc at the AGM. The constitution is based on a model provided by the Charities Commission. The Secretary and Treasurer work together to complete any annual returns required by the Charities Commission, and the secretary is a signatory on our bank account.

We use Dropbox to store our records, so access to the internet and readiness to use/learn to use Dropbox are important. We mainly use Microsoft Word and Excel which will be familiar to many people.

As a member of the FoML steering committee, the secretary contributes fully to the group, helping to make decisions, suggest and deliver activities etc. Examples of recent activities include our occasional author events in the Library, the successful Chinese New Year event held in the Mechanics in February, and other events in partnership with e.g. The Poetry Village and Huddersfield Literature Festival. We don’t expect everyone to join in every event – we aim to spread the load amongst the 10 members of the steering group, and many of us are also working full time so we understand that your time is precious. We won’t take it all.

Getting involved in FoML is a great way to support your community, and have a lot of fun along the way. We are a friendly, cake-oriented group with a passion for libraries and the importance of maintaining a library service in Marsden.

If you think you can help, or would like further information, drop us an email: info@friendsofmarsdenlibrary.org.uk.


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