REOPENING 12th April 2021

posted 28 Mar 2021, 00:27 by Angie Cheshire

Monday Open 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Open 3 p.m. till 5 p.m.
Saturday Open 10 a.m. till 12 noon
Sunday Closed
Library customers can renew loans at If you do not have online access you can renew your books by phoning 0345 155 1001.
As before 'Test and Trace', mask wearing, one person/family at a time for ten-minute browsing etc. will apply. The public PC will still be out of use.


posted 14 Dec 2020, 00:15 by Angie Cheshire

Uffculme Library has been refurbished, and has re-opened

 This week, Uffculme Library re-opened, after being closed over the November lockdown, and for its long-awaited refurbishment. It’s open now for the standard hours of Monday 10-12, Friday 3-5, and Saturday 10-12. It may still be some time before we can open again on Wednesday afternoons, with our band of volunteers.

 Do go in as soon as you can, meet up with Tim, and see how clean and bright the library now looks. Everyone is very pleased with the work that our local Uffculme painter and decorator, George Little, has undertaken; and we’re also pleased that Libraries Unlimited, who run Devon Libraries, are able to be more flexible in hiring contractors etc now that they’re a charity independent of the local authority (though still reliant on Devon County Council for the great majority of their funding).

 In addition to the sprucing up and making good, there is also new shelving, both for the adult and the children’s areas. When I visited on Monday, Tim was still waiting for some equipment, shelving brackets etc, so not everything was quite in place, but I’m sure it will be very soon. I’m attaching a couple of photos I took on Monday to give you an idea, but nothing beats a personal visit. There are still of course covid restrictions in place – you need to wear a mask, and only one person/family is allowed in at a time. You can return books, or pick up reservations, in the foyer, and we also have a new durable returns box you can use out of hours, round the side of the library.

 Now that the basic work has been carried out, we want to move and see what can be done to brighten up particularly the children’s area. Thank you for your various suggestions pre-covid, any further suggestions are very welcome. This project will be helped substantially by the news that we have received £1805 in total from the Co-op Local Community Fund – you’ll remember that you were able to support Uffculme Library Friends over the last year, by choosing the Friends as your charity through use of your Co-op card. £1805 was much more than we were expecting, and we’re very grateful to you and others who chose to make the Friends your charity over the year from November 2019 to October 2020.

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

posted 8 Jun 2020, 00:23 by Angie Cheshire

1st year anniversary of Wednesday afternoon opening by volunteers

posted 12 Feb 2020, 00:16 by Angie Cheshire

12th February will see the first year anniversary. Thank you to everyone for your commitment and hard work over the year. Rachel Kidd, Libraries Unlimited line manager for Cullompton and Uffculme, will come along that afternoon. A few cakes and tea/coffee/soft drinks will be provided.

Meet the Author - Vanessa de Haan 26th February 2020

posted 12 Feb 2020, 00:11 by Angie Cheshire

Vanessa lives near Sampford Peverell, and published her first novel in 2018. The Restless Sea, about Arctic convoys in World War II, inspired by family stories and a love for the West Highlands of Scotland 'A love story only made possible by war'.
Wine and cheese at the Village Hall Garden Room 7 for 7.30. 
Tickets from Uffculme Library, No 11 and Angie 01884 841433

New logo

posted 2 Nov 2019, 03:33 by Angie Cheshire

Extra opening hours

posted 2 Nov 2019, 03:23 by Angie Cheshire

The 'official opening' took place on Wednesday 13 February, with Esther Hagelstein, Uffculme Parish Council Chair, doing the honours by cutting the ceremonial ribbon, reminiscing on the different locations of the library in the past, and encouraging everyone to make best use of all the services the library has to offer. 40 to 50 adults and children visited the library that afternoon, dipping into and borrowing books and checking out printing and computer services, as well as enjoying the special occasion cakes, sweets and drinks provided - several joined the library for the first time.

The extra hours have been made possible through the flexibility, encouragement and training provided by Libraries Unlimited, who run Devon Libraries; and by the hard work of Uffculme Library Friends, who have been recruiting and organising the volunteers who will be looking after the library for these two hours each week. The village is very grateful to all the volunteers who will be giving their time freely, adding to public services available in Uffculme.


posted 22 Oct 2019, 07:35 by Angie Cheshire

UFFCULME LIBRARY FRIENDS has been chosen to benefit from the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund.
The funding round will open on 27 October 2019 and close on 24 October 2020.

During this funding phase, Co-op Members will be able to choose UFFCULME LIBRARY FRIENDS as their local cause.

Every time a Co-op member buys selected own-brand products and services, 1% of the money they spend goes to local causes in their community, so it’s important you choose UFFCULME LIBRARY FRIENDS as the cause to support.

We want to encourage you, our supporters, volunteers, friends and family to become a Co-op Member. You can join online at

Meet the Author - Alexandra Stopford

posted 17 Aug 2019, 03:14 by Angie Cheshire   [ updated 17 Aug 2019, 03:15 ]

 Wednesday, 11th September, 7 for 7.30 p.m. Village, Hall, Garden Room. 
                                                    Wine and Cheese. Tickets from Uffculme Library, No.11, Angie 01884 841433 and at Farmers Market on 24th                                                         August.

Alexandra is a local author, from Culmstock, and has published adult novels, works for young adults and children's books. Something for everyone. Copies of her books will be available for sale on the evening.

Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge

posted 11 Jul 2019, 00:33 by Angie Cheshire

Libraries across Devon are calling for children to sign up to the Space Chase mission to read six books this summer as part of the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge.

Anyone aged 4-11 is invited to take part in this out-of-this-world adventure by picking up a mission folder from their local library, choosing two books on each visit to the library throughout the summer and collecting stickers and rewards along the way as they rocket their way towards the finish line to claim a special medal.

Children will team up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey. Children are also invited to attend a variety of events and activities throughout the summer, from crafts and Lego clubs to alien animal encounters and a performance of Space Cats by Boo To A Goose Theatre.

There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at libraries across the county for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenges, see the full list of events below. Just contact your local library or go to to find out how to take part or visit your library’s Facebook page.

Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge

Alex Kittow, Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs all 50 of Devon’s Libraries said: “This is my first Summer Reading Challenge as Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited and I couldn’t be more excited. Last year, over 11,000 children took part in the Challenge and we saw more young people complete the Challenge than ever before. There were 320 events and activities to take part in, and this year will be no different. Our libraries will be hosting a huge variety of activities and we invite you all to be there, whether it’s with your children, your grandchildren, nieces and nephews or friends. The Summer Reading Challenge is a great example of how libraries support people within their local communities not only by offering access to information but by providing art, culture and literary experiences for all to enjoy.”

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency said: “At The Reading Agency, we tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. We know from our research that families and children love taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and we are proud to have been running the Challenge for twenty years this year. The space theme has been chosen to coincide with the 5Oth anniversary of the first moon landing. Last summer, children worked with illustrator Adam Stower to come up with ideas for the Space Chase adventure, and we hope the Challenge will inspire all children to use their local library and to read lots of great books throughout the summer and beyond.”

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