Community group takes over St Athan library

Sunday, 11 December 2016

By GEM Staff Reporter

in Local People

The Vale Council has transferred St Athan library and the running of library services for the village to St Athan Community Hub and Library (SACHaL), a local charitable incorporated organisation founded by residents of St Athan.

SACHaL will continue to provide library and information services to members, and much-needed social activities, learning opportunities, and other support to the wider community.

Chair Graham Mallaghan said: “This day has been long in the making, but our community’s library service has now been secured for the future, while we also hope to establish more activities open to all – continually developing our services in cooperation with the people of our village and ward.”

Coun Derek Willmot, of St Athan Community Council, added: “The community council welcomes this new and interesting venture and will work hard with SACHaL to create a vibrant library and community hub for our residents”.

The Vale Council culture and community learning manager, Phil Southard, reiterated the council’s position at the handover: “This is a positive move by members of the community, and they should be commended for taking on the running of their library. The Vale Council will do all it can to support the group – helping them to become sustainable and to flourish.”

A programme of launch events for SACHaL designed to promote the new set-up and attract volunteers to help run the facility will take place in the New Year. In the meantime, anyone interesting in joining the group should contact volunteer co-ordinator Alison Haden by email to

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