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June Newsletter

Welcome to the NW7Hub & Mill Hill Partnership Library June Newsletter. This month promises to be fun-packed and family-friendly with lots to celebrate.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

  • Come on down for the Mill Hill Chill on Thursday 20th June for our monthly social event with board games, take-out, beer, and friendly people! What more could you want? Oh yeah, we’ve got a projector to watch TV on!
  • The Big Time and NW7hub Summer Fair is taking place this Sunday 23rd June from 2pm – 5pm.  It promises to be an amazing day with games, soft-play, workshops, fairy-tale characters and even your chance to ‘TAKE A SELFIE WITH A REAL OSCAR’.  Entrance is free so please do come down and join in the fun.
  • Are you a budding pianist, fancy trying your hand at the drums?  Come and join us from 10:30am-12:30pm on Saturday 29th June and try your hand at a musical instrument as part of Music Month for Barnet Libraries #yearoflearning
  • Join us on the Saturday 20th of July for the Summer Reading Challenge complete with a Mobile Planetarium and all things outer space. More details to follow.

HEADLINES

  • We were delighted on Wednesday night, whilst attending the annual Barnet Council staff awards, that the Partnership Libraries Teams were awarded highly commended (runners -up) in the Outstanding Contribution to the Community Category – awarded to individuals or teams that make a real contribution to the community .
  • Hot of the press is our ‘Recipe for Life’ booklet available at the Library. It captures life stories through the memories of food in a special collaboration between students of Mill Hill International and members from What’s on Wednesdays. 
  • Mill Hill Litter Pickers Huge thanks to the group that met up on the first of the month and did a brilliant job cleaning up the local area. We now stock kit at the NW7hub that you can borrow to litter pick at any time that suits, so grab some friends and get stuck in. 
  • Spinning Top First Birthday.  We celebrated Spinning Top Activities first year with us on Saturday 8th June.  There was face-painting, dancing, cupcake decorating and even a special appearance from Marshall & Skye of the Paw Patrol.
  • Venue Hire & Bookings We still have the capacity to host many more special events and are always happy to hear from people who would like to hire any of our rooms for classes or private events. 

Waitrose Community Matters Supports NW7hub 

The NW7hub is delighted to have been chosen as one of Waitrose Community Matters recipients for the month of June. Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated over £30 million to good causes in store and online.
 

At the end of your shop in the Mill Hill East branch you’ll receive a green token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens we get the bigger the share of the £1,000 available.  Your support would be much appreciated – everything we raise will go towards continuing the work of our charity and the future new build at Daws Lane

Big Time & NW7hub Summer Fair 23rd June 2pm -5pm

Big Time Academy are delighted to celebrate their first year in the community with NW7hub by hosting a family showbiz summer fair at Mill Hill Library.

We are being joined by some of our magical friends on the 23rd June. Come on down to meet Elsa, Minnie Mouse, Belle, Buzz Lightyear and the Mad Hatter! 

They will have lots of great activities and stalls for children including soft play, hook a duck, cookie decorating, sand art designing, candy floss, popcorn and much much more…

Come and join the fun! 
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Outstanding Contribution to the Community

We were honoured to receive, in conjunction with the other Partnership Awards, the accolade of highly commended in the category of Outstanding Contribution to the Community.   In our nomination our Libraries Community Engagement Officer, who has supported us throughout the preparation and opening and for the past 2 years said:  “Through a combination of hard work and excellent commitment to customer service, our four partnership libraries have won over the local community. As well as committing to deliver a traditional library service to a high standard, they have also run a range of activities and events for the community and been a friendly face for the isolated.”

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January Newsletter

January has been a busy month at the NW7Hub & Mill Hill Partnership Library: we’ve made a few changes to the layout of the space with the aim of optimising our cafe facilities giving us even more room to work and play; we’ve said farewell to a few long term volunteers who leave us with new skills and experience for paid work, and welcomed two Assistant Managers, Manisha and Alice, who are keen to develop our programme of events that are informative and fun for all. 

We are delighted to see familiar faces back this year for our regular events and are constantly reminded of how valuable the space is for people to meet and share time together.

Headlines

  • Only a few days left to say goodbye to our heritage mural – The mural painted in 1989 currently hanging in the Society Room has been part of the long history of the Library but as Mill Hill goes through a process of rejuvenation we look forward to the unveiling of a new mural made by pupils at Copthall School.  Thursday 7th February at 3:30pm is the grand unveiling to be attended by The Worshipful Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Reuben Thompstone. 
  • Barnet Libraries Year of Learning 2019 – As a partnership library we are pleased to be a part of the very first Barnet Libraries ‘Year of Learning’.  There is a different theme each month and in January we have been Learning Something New, concentrating on updating our job seeking skills.  Future themes and more information can be found here:- BarnetLibrariesYearOfLearning 
  • Fundraising for the new build – This is key for the new build at Daws Lane which will give us a bustling creative centre with even bigger and better facilities to accommodate more of the community.  We are always happy to hear from people who would like to hire any of the 6 rooms we have for classes or private events for either short or long term hire. We have held a number of adult and children’s parties, classes, social clubs and much more and have all the details you need for your special event.
  • Shout out for volunteers – A huge ‘Thank You’ goes out to all our fabulous volunteers for all your hard work and commitment over the last year, we couldn’t have done it without you are now recruiting for more volunteers to join us with a number of roles available, so if you would like to meet new people and learn new skills, drop us a line.
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NW7hub Now Recruiting

Part-Time Assistant Manager

  • Fixed Term Contract:  6 Months
  • 2 Posts: 20 hours per week Mon – Sat; 13 hours per week Mon – Fri
  • Rate of Pay:  £11 per hour

Following the successful development of our community hub and library services we are looking for 2 part-time Assistant Managers.

Experienced in managing staff and volunteers, you will draw on your excellent interpersonal and customer care skills to support the Acting Manager in delivering a range of activities and services for community benefit. You must be able to organise and manage your time efficiently.

For an informal discussion and application pack, please contact:-

Jennifer Brown:  Jennifer@nw7hub.org.uk /  020 8959 1397

Application packs may also be downloaded below

  1. NW7hub Assistant Manager Job Description
  2. FAQ’s
  3. Assistant Manager Application 23.11.18
  • Closing Date:        7th December
  • Shortlisting:        10th December
  • Interview Date:  14th December
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NW7 Hub Opens its Doors

The NW7hub officially opened its doors in Hartley Avenue to the community on 17th October with an event designed to show how the charity has transformed part of the library building into a community space with co-working facilities and to also promote Mill Hill Partnership Library which it has been operating since April 2017.

Special guests included the Deputy Mayor of Barnet Councillor Val Duschinsky and members of the Sir James Murray Family who carried out a room naming ceremony in memory of their great great grandfather. Sir James Murray edited the Oxford English Dictionary and has links to Mill Hill where he worked in the Murray Scriptorium in Mill Hill School. Paul Ruthven-Murray said “he would have found this involvement very appropriate and as a family we are delighted to have been asked to support the library in this way.”

Mill Hill Partnership library has just launched the Secret Agents Summer Reading Challenge. Designed to encourage 4-11 year olds to continue reading over the summer holidays, the aim is to solve a mystery whilst receiving prizes and clues as they compete each stage of the challenge. The launch featured animal themed arts and crafts which families participated in together.

The NW7hub ( also incorporating a cafe, gallery space and rooms for hire ) and Mill Hill Partnership Library provide a range of activities for the community including a baby and toddler group, afternoon social session for adults, book club and coffee morning. Additional events are being planned such as craft fairs, films evenings and quiz nights which are all designed to bring the community together and create a sense of belonging.

The next event in Mill Hill Library is a visit from award winning author Vaseem Khan on Monday 30th October at 8pm. Admission is free.

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Secret Agents Summer Reading Challenge Launched

Mill Hill Partnership library has just launched the Secret Agents Summer Reading Challenge. Designed to encourage 4-11 year olds to continue reading over the summer holidays, the aim is to solve a mystery whilst receiving prizes and clues as they compete each stage of the challenge. The launch featured animal themed arts and crafts which families participated in together.

The Summer Reading Challenge runs from 15th July to 23rd September. Visit the website for further details and do pop in to Mill Hill Partnership Library to register.

https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/libraries/childrens-library-services/Animal-Agents—Summer-Reading-Challenge-2017.html

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NW7 Hub Announced as Preferred Partner for NW7 Hub

The NW7hub group was established in 2014 to develop a vision for a new community hub in Mill Hill.

A significant step in our journey has been the recent award as preferred partner to operate Mill Hill Library. We are currently in the transition phase, working towards operating the library from April. As a local group we are delighted to have been chosen by Barnet Council and we look forward to delivering a much valued service to our community, as well as developing alongside it a range of additional activities which will enhance life in Mill Hill and beyond for all age groups. Working with local people will be key to our success and meeting such supporters will help launch our exciting vision for the NW7 Library Hub.

The NW7 Library Hub will be working in partnership with Barnet Council who will continue to provide the books, the lending system and provide training on library systems for our volunteers.

For the Community by the Community

Mill Hill library will be operated by a not for profit charitable organisation known as the NW7hub. We are a group of local residents who are passionate about Mill Hill and see the library as a real opportunity for sharing skills, resources, time and energy to make a difference to our community. We actively invite residents to get involved – on a regular basis in the library building or externally as a fund-raiser, HR expert or Trustee for example. We also need financial support to enable us to effectively manage the project, develop a programme of initiatives to supplement the library offering and create an environment conducive to reading, learning and gathering as a community.

If you can make a donation please do so online to:

  • NW7hub
  • Sort code 09-01-29
  • Account 11790439

Please use your name as the reference and send us an email confirming your support.
Thank you