Santa and Raspberry Pis

The Ideas Garage

coding club

David Rogers, CEO of Copper Horse who volunteers at the coding club writes about getting going with your new Raspberry Pi Christmas present.

Santa may have brought a Raspberry Pi or two to your house this Christmas. But what now? Set it all up for the kids? Buy more kit? Leave them to it?

The simple answer is that you probably want to learn together with your kids – they might be able to get you interested too.

What Kit Have You Got?equipment

To get started with a Pi, you will need to have some basic kit. You can buy a Raspberry Pi on its own, but you won’t get very far – you’ll need at least a power supply, microSD card (for the software), a keyboard and HMDI enabled monitor. A lot of people buy starter kits for the Raspberry Pi that will give you everything you need, just…

View original post 770 more words


Promoting Mythical Maze at St Mary’s Primary School


Susan at St Mary's FeteChepstow Library staff spent an enjoyable Saturday morning at St Mary’s Primary School Summer Fete promoting the summer reading challenge Mythical Maze. The official launch date for the challenge is Saturday July 12 so join us at Chepstow Library at 10.00am

Tour of the restoration work at Chepstow’s British Legion Building

Mike Lewis, Tim Ryan and Chepstow Library staff
Mike Lewis, Tim Ryan and Chepstow Library staff in the 12th Century room at the front of the old British Legion building, Chepstow

Chepstow Library staff were delighted to be given a tour of the old British Legion building in Beaufort Square, Chepstow which is currently being restored and will be opened as a back packers hostel.

Owner Mike Lewis and Tim Ryan gave the tour of the huge building. The work already undertaken is very impressive. The accommodation is of a very high standard while retaining all original features of the Listed Grade II* building.

The work done so far reveals the original beauty of the building which will be enhanced further when restoration is finished.

Some of the gems we saw were a previously hidden cellar and a 12th Century room which was revealed when a breeze block wall was removed, showing the Green Man (an ancient pagan fertility symbol) in the stone of the ceiling. There are also some fantastic views of Chepstow through the restored feature windows.

The hostel will be an affordable choice for walkers and visitors to Chepstow and will be named The Green Man Hostel.

Beaufort Square 1906
Beaufort Square 1906 – British Legion building on the right

The front of the building will be restored to look like its original design as shown in these pictures.

Beaufort Square in Victorian times
Beaufort Square in Victorian times – British Legion building on the left

Evening of Christmas Celebration at Chepstow Library

Karl Daymond and his Chepstow Singing Group
Karl Daymond and his Chepstow Singing Group

Chepstow Library staff and guests enjoyed a wonderful ‘Evening of Christmas Celebration’ on Thursday 12 December. Guests enjoyed listening to Karl Daymond and his Chepstow Singing Group. One of the main talking points was the signing to and the singing of ‘See Amid the Winters Snow’; guests found it very moving.

Stephanie Dovey, Chepstow Town Mayor
Stephanie Dovey, Chepstow Town Mayor

The second part of the evening saw a variety of seasonal readings, including author Dylan Thomas and poet Pam Ayres, being read by library staff and Stephanie Dovey, Chepstow Town Mayor

Chepstow gives thumbs up to new library

Chepstow library reopened on Saturday 21st January, throwing open its doors to reveal a new improved service following four months of refurbishment.

Entrance View Chepstow Library

Nearly 700 people attending the relaunch were very pleased with the new layout and facilities on offer. The re-opening included balloon modelling for youngsters, local story teller Daniel Morden kept captivated children with his tall tales, members of the Gwent Family History Society were on hand to help people discover their roots and the Chepstow Society promoted the historic Chepstow Collection to customers interested in days gone by.

Children's Area Chepstow Library

The refurbished library has been designed to deliver a much improved library provision with increased opening hours. In addition to an extensive range of books, DVDs and talking books, customers can now enjoy improved Internet access, free wi-fi and laptops for use within the library. Other features include an updated children’s area, an area especially designed for teenagers and a quieter area for family and local history research. Weekly activities will take in First Click basic IT sessions, story times for the under fives, baby rhyme times and family history research sessions. The library will open for an additional four hours on Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm.

Teenage Area Chepstow Library

Work on the library’s reading garden will continue throughout the winter months ready for a launch on World Book Night – 23 April 2012. Keen gardeners interested in joining the new Library Gardening Group or those requiring more information about the World Book Night book giveaway should contact library staff for more information. Sally Bradford who manages the library with her jobshare colleague Sue Wallbank thanked staff for their hard work since September, initially transferring the library service to the town’s leisure centre then returning to the refurbished facilities.

Sally said: “A massive team effort has played a large part in the design and success of the new library”.

Chepstow Library Team

The refurbishment of Chepstow Library has been jointly funded by Monmouthshire County Council and CyMAL (Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales; a division of the Welsh Government) which is committed to creating a 21st century library network as part of the Libraries for Life programme.

Chepstow Library is open:

Monday – 9.00 – 5.30
Tuesday – 10.00 – 7.00
Wednesday – 9.00 – 1.00
Thursday – 9.00 – 7.00
Friday – 9.00 – 5.30
Saturday – 9.00 – 1.00