Public urged to attend Cantley Strawberry Fayre

Campaigners during their fight to keep open Doncaster libraries.
Campaigners during their fight to keep open Doncaster libraries.

Volunteers who joined forces to save a library from closure are urging residents to attend a fundraising community event to help keep the facility open.

Cantley Community Library was under threat from closure in 2014 as part of a wider cost-cutting plan by Doncaster Council to axe a number of facilities across the borough.

But a band of dedicated volunteers created a business plan and formed a limited company to keep the library open.

The volunteers have now organised a Strawberry Fayre to take place within the library in Goodison Boulevard on Saturday, June 11, between 10am and noon.

They are urging members of the public to attend the event as funds raised on the day will go towards keeping the library up-and-running.

Library volunteer Kate McKeown said: “There will be refreshments, tombola, cake stall, plant sale among others and all proceeds go to the library, which as you will know is now run by a voluntary group.

“We have a massive task ahead of us to keep this community library going and would appreciate your support.”

The library has around 60 volunteers.

Anyone interested in getting involved in volunteering work at the library can email or visit your local volunteer-managed library.

*Doncaster-based drama group The Rep is presenting a World War One drama entitled ‘Last Man Standing’ at the Ukrainian Centre on Beckett Road on Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9.

Kate McKeown, trustee for the group, said the play has been performed in schools and was popular with students. For more information visit