Community access point in Bourne celebrates its first anniversary

Bourne Corn Exchange.
Bourne Corn Exchange.

A series of events for children will help celebrate the first anniversary of the Community Access Point in Bourne.

Youngsters will be able to meet the Book Start Bear at a special story and rhyme time, which will be held at 2pm on Tuesday.

As well as story time children who visit throughout the week can get a free balloon and visit the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which will be set up in the young people’s section of the library.

There will also be a three for two offer on DVD rental.

The doors to the community point opened this time last year and over the past 12 months it has had almost 80,000 visitors.

South Kesteven District Council offers 31 services from the site, including benefits advice, council tax and waste service enquiries, planning advice, repairs reports and licensing information. More than 7,400 customers have used district council services is the last year.

A district council spokesman said: “These figures from year one of the community point show that this project has been good for our customers and for Bourne as well as for the partners who contributed to the build.

“When we decided to make this project a priority and work with the county and town councils to achieve our goal, we could not have anticipated that the usage would be so strong.

“We are really pleased that local people have embraced the community point and hope that the birthday celebrations are well attended.”

The library is also celebrating as it has received double the number of customers that were targeted.

The community access point is also the base of Bourne Town Council.