On 22nd November, head teachers, Kerry Twiselton of Willingdon Primary School and Emily Beer of Willingdon Community School, visited Willingdon Library accompanied by representative groups of angry students. They were there to protest most strongly at the proposed closure of the much loved and valued Willingdon Library. Students from both schools have written letters to East Sussex County Council voicing their views about the proposed closure. These will be handed over in December along with the many petitions that have been signed by local residents and others who use Willingdon Library.
Chairman of Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council, John Pritchett BEM said, “I am very encouraged by all the support we have received from all members of our Parish, especially the Library Action Group, which includes representatives from both Willingdon schools, and school students who have been working tirelessly in recent weeks writing letters and encouraging everyone they know to respond to the consultation”.
Head teacher Emily Beer added: ‘The library is a focal point for our community. It is absolutely essential that we keep this source of support for our citizens. Levels of Adult and Child literacy remain a concern in our country. To close our local library would prevent opportunities for both children and adults to accessible materials helping not only their literacy but their well being.’