No, not the musical type. I am afraid that the new Resource Centre in the Hub appears to be in the same state, although to the careful observer, some real progress has been made in some areas. Compare today's photographs with those of the previous report!
The library is taking decided form, with books now being arranged in a planned order, rather than just tipped out of boxes. Brenda Overton is in the process of starting a new Library Catalogue from scratch. This will be added to the LFHS website when ready.
The visitor area is looking clearer, with an Information area taking shape. Stacks of excess furniture and piles of wooden shelving do betray my wish to hang on to all possibly useful items, until it becomes absolutely certain that they can be transported to the Lincoln Recycle Site without later remorse!
Thanks again to the faithful team who call in to make things happen.
Opening? Well, still not yet!! The internet provider has not yet actioned our requirements for full internet and telephone. A lesson to all, that the cheapest is not necessarily the best!!
So, until that happens, we have limited internet, therefore poor capability as a Resource Centre. I apologise to all those members wishing to visit and carry out their family research.
However, just a reminder, we will try to help where possible, via email enquiries. We have a new embryo 'Help Desk', under the expert control of Ann Lillywhite, and responding to the email address:
Once again, my apologies. Let's hope that progress is soon made with our IT suite, and full capability regained.
VOLUNTEERS WORKING DAY
A cheerful band of volunteers answered the call for HELP, and leapt, with relish, to the task of trying to sort out order from chaos.
A shape is taking form. About one third of the floor space is dedicated to the library. The photos show David Ingleby and Brenda Overton stacking items away on the shelves.
MAIN BOOKSHELVING READY (WELL ALMOST)!
Fell behind schedule on Wednesday, as final pieces of the shelving Jigsaw did not fit! So, had to replace some uprights, and it also became apparent that each shelf had a slightly different length. So, down to trimming each by a couple of millimetre - a time consuming operation.
THE PHOENIX ARISES
Well, not quite that dramatic, but work is now starting on putting together the Society’s Resource Centre at our new location in the Queen’s Park Community Hub.
"EXODUS - 1 August 2023 !!
The final clean was carried out. Last bits of rubbish into neighbour's skip (with permission, of course).
Great help from Neal Bower and Tracey Fairhurst. Frantic effort, just temporarily interrupted by a coffee delivery from McD's.
The 31st July was EUREKA Day!!
The final load of rubbish was taken away by our removal firm. I suppose I am not allowed to advertise, but if you are moving in the Lincoln area, "The Lincs Man with a Van" are a great team, and did us proud.
The third van-load, carrying the Publications stock, and the remainder of the furniture (almost!), left Monks Way at 10:00 am on 26 July. Again, the removal team worked miracles, especially in managing to store items vertically in the van, to get everything in!
The move of the Resource Centre to its new home is progressing well - the latest installment of the move story can be read below.
Website readers, and those working close with Monks Way will be aware that the LFHS Resource Centre is currently closed. This is to allow the small group of volunteers to pack the contents of the centre, and organise for its transportation to our new home at Queen's Community Centre and HUB, at South Park, Lincoln.
This poll was driven by the impending end of lease in our 'historical' location on Monks Way. The Monks Way unit has increased in rental yearly, and now faces its largest leap of all - to £20K per annum. The building is in poor state, and the Society would, as tenant, be required to pay for future maintenance (such is the rule in commercial lets).