James visits new Blackfen Community Library

James Brokenshire has welcomed the opening of the new Blackfen Community Library with a visit to see the newly refurbished library space and to meet with the staff and volunteers that have helped create this fantastic new community space.

With a new café and childrens’ reading area, the Library, now run by New Generation Church, has already attracted more than 800 new members in its first two weeks. The new-look library features a wide selection of books to borrow and a bright, comfortable, new space to enjoy them in and continues to provide a venue for a number of local community groups.

Part of the library’s ambition, as well as becoming a community hub for Blackfen, is to partner with local schools to encourage children into reading and to provide a valuable space and resource for them to complete homework, study and revise.

Commenting during his visit to the library, James said:

“Blackfen Library is a fantastic new space for people to enjoy and at the heart of efforts to regenerate Blackfen. After a successful first three weeks, I look forward to working with the library to encourage reading and consolidate its place within the community.”

“I pay tribute to the hard work of the team that has transformed the library and look forward to holding my first surgery there in the next few weeks.”

The library’s current opening hours are:

Monday                 12pm – 4pm

Tuesday                 10am – 2pm

Wednesday            10am – 4pm

Thursday                10am – 2pm

Friday                      10am – 4pm

Saturday                 10am – 1pm


James will be holding one of his regular drop in surgeries at Blackfen Community Library on Friday 1 July between 3pm and 4pm.