Last Wednesday (6th November) saw a jam-packed Marsden Mechanics Hall reverberating with a much needed right-good laugh, as we welcomed prominent comedian Mark Thomas to Marsden.  As one audience member said afterwards, Mark’s work is not just funny, its well-researched – you learn something as well as splitting your sides!

Mark’s website – merch, gigs, twitter

The event was about more than just an evening of entertainment, although ‘having fun’ was very high up on the agenda.  It was organised as a joint effort between Friends of Marsden Library and the Marsden Community Trust to raise money to support both the FoML activities in support of the Library, and the Community Trust’s responsibility towards maintaining the Mechanics on behalf of our whole community.

Tom Lonsdale, Chair of Marsden Community Trust, said:

As Chair of Marsden Community Trust I was thrilled by how this event was planned and that it turned out to be so wonderful an occasion. It epitomised how two voluntary groups can work together for the community.

The people of Marsden may not all realise that the Mechanics receives no rent for the space allocated for library use, so both the Trust Board and Friends of Marsden Library have had to be innovative and resourceful in raising funds to pay for upkeep of the space and the whole building it is housed in. The Mark Thomas event, and others like it, show that it can be done whilst also providing marvellous entertainment on our doorstep. Of course, the more people who come forward with ideas and willing to help out the easier it will become.

Diane Barkley, Chair of Friends of Marsden Library agreed, and added

Thanks to everyone that came to the event. The easiest way to help us to support the continuation of a free public library service in Marsden, is to join the library and if you are already a member, to use it.

We are extremely grateful to Mark for including us in his schedule, and to everyone who bought tickets and turned out on a cold Wednesday night.  It was a cracking night out, and raised over £1000 for FoML and the Community Trust.

Local photographer and FoML Volunteer, Bob Bray, captured the event:

If you would like to get involved with FoML or the Community Trust we’d love to hear from you:

Friends of Marsden Library

Marsden Community Trust





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