Chepstow Library Knit & Natter group started in October last year. The group meets fortnightly on a Friday afternoon (2.30 pm to 4.00 pm) where they listen to a short story (or two!) and enjoy a cuppa, a chat and some crafting time – mainly knitting, but other crafts – crochet, patchwork etc are also enjoyed. It’s a lovely friendly group who are willing to share their skills with others.
Caldicot and Chepstow Libraries are holding free internet taster events to help local people learn more about using computers and the internet as part of the national Spring Online campaign.
On Wednesday 2nd April Caldicot Library is holding a drop-in session between 10am and 12 noon for people who would like to learn how to download free e-books, audio books and magazines from the library web site.
On Thursday 3rd April Chepstow Library is holding an informal “IT and cake” taster session for anyone worried about using computers or the internet. The session is for complete beginners and plenty of tea and cake will be available from 2pm – 4pm.
On Friday 4th April Caldicot Library is holding a session between 2pm and 4pm for people new to social media who want to find out more about facebook and twitter.
Spring Online 2014 in association with Carphone Warehouse is an award-winning digital inclusion campaign by Digital Unite. During one week (31 March – 4 April) thousands of free taster events and sessions are held by volunteers and organisations across the UK to help and inspire local people achieve a lasting use of the internet.
Currently around 7 million people have never used the internet and of those around 6 million are aged over 55 years. (Source: ONS 2013). As such they’re missing out on the many benefits being online offers such as accessing a wider range of products and services, saving money and being better connected with friends and family.
For more information about Spring Online visit http://digitalunite.com/spring-online-2014
Fiona Ashley, Community Librarian at Caldicot Library, said: “We know that for some, computers and the internet can be a little scary, particularly for many older people and they just need a helping hand to get them started. We hope as many people as possible will come along to our Spring Online events and give digital technology a go”.
Chepstow Library hosted a fun activity afternoon to promote how important it is to stay active, as part of the Macmillan Libraries Cancer Information Service.
A walk and Tai Chi was led by the National Exercise Referral Scheme’s Claire White, while participants enjoyed a lively Wii Rehab session lead by Siobhan Harkin, Specialist Physiotherapist from Velindre Cancer Centre.
Erica Sheppard who set up the event, and who co-ordinates the Macmillan Service across all libraries in Monmouthshire, is available to help you find cancer information for you, your family and friends.
Please ask for more details in your local library.
As part of the Explore Your Archive campaign launched in November Gwent Archives have created five different story boxes with tales about people from the past. The boxes contain the story and accompanying facsimiles of documents held by Gwent Archives and demonstrate the type of information that can be found by anyone at the Gwent Archives in Ebbw Vale.
The Monmouthshire Story Box is currently being displayed in Caldicot Library and is all about the Reverend William Davies Jones of Llanellen. He led a scandalous life in the village during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, during which time he was involved in a high profile separation from his wife, was prosecuted for letting his dog run loose and persecuted by his parishioners. It makes fascinating reading.
If you want to know more about local or family history you can find out how your local library can help by taking a look at our website.