Kelso Library Centenary Garden Opening - April 21st 2007
Opening Kelso Library Centenary Garden
Saturday 21st April saw the culmination of a lot of hard work with the opening of Kelso Library Centenary Garden.
The project was funded by Awards for All – the lottery organisation, Abbey Row, Charity Begins At Home, Friends of Kelso Library and Scottish Borders Council.
The derelict ground at the rear of the library has been transformed to create a reading garden, which will be available to a wide spectrum of the community. A special horse shoe shaped story telling bench was designed and created by DJ Woodworks from Wood School at Ancrum for children from nurseries and schools to sit on while they are being told or read stories, introducing them to the joys of reading in a very special setting. Friends of Kelso Library and their Readers group will be able to host events in the garden and readers may enjoy sitting reading outdoors.
The work was planned and supervised by Daren Silcock from SBLocal, and Scottish Borders Council DLO department prepared the ground and laid the paving.
Friends of Kelso Library were the main drivers behind the project, supporting it with time, energy and skill. Alasdair Hutton, one of the Friends of Kelso Library opened the garden by cutting the red ribbon and then revealing the special stone crafted for the garden by Natasha Smith from Hutton Stone
Joyce Cavers deputised for Provost Margaret Riddell to unveil a plaque marking the opening and Val Robson on her last public duty as a Councillor unveiled the Awards for All plaque.
Jamie McIntyre the Selkirk librarian read stores to the children, who mostly came from Abbey Row nursery and after the weather brightened they were able to sit outside on the bench for a photograph.
A PowerPoint show depicting the story of the garden and Remember This? –photographs of Kelso for Local History Week were on display in the library.
Friends of Kelso Library provided the refreshments for a much enjoyed afternoon.
Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate this great occasion.