Wednesday, 20 July 2016


Aimed at people looking for work. 

We Offer help and support in searching for jobs, completing Application Forms, preparing or updating your CV.

We provide access to computers and the internet.

You can access the governments Universal Jobmatch site where you can search for jobs, update your CV, apply for suitable jobs.  All information can be recorded, which you will find useful if you are registered and claiming Job Seekers Allowance or other relevant benefits.

We have photo copying facilities.

Work Club at The Hayridge will recommence on Tuesday 26th July

Monday, 11 July 2016

Summer at the Hayridge

It's all happening at the Hayridge this summer, as we get ready for the Summer Reading Challenge which starts on July 16th. Over the years, schools have told us that children who continue to read over the school summer holidays consistently do better at school the next term. So it's a great way to keep young ones developing their reading skills an having some fun at the same time. There's a Roald Dahl theme this year, so roll up for the big friendly read!

Take the Underwater Challenge!

There's a submarine theme to the activities at the Hayridge in July, with activities and craft events for all ages, including a special story time on July 15th. There's a quiz and colouring activities to be found at the library counter, so come along and take part in the fun (and you don't even need a scuba suit!)


Axe Valley Festival 2016

Congratulations to chair of the Friends of Cullompton Library, Dorothy Anderson, who won the gardening competition with her library-themed garden! Check out the details here.




Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Travel the World at Your Library in February!

There's lots happening at the Hayridge this February, with collections and activities for everyone. Our theme this month is Books that Take You Places, so look out for things travel-related: a brilliant selection of fiction set abroad, as well as a selection of travel guides to help you plan your next break away from the soggy weather we've had to endure since the start of the year. We'll also be reading out extracts from a couple of travel-related books on Tuesday 23rd February at 2pm (with a cafĂ© special of tea or coffee and a biscuit for only £1), so if you'd like to be transported to a distant land, let the library do it for free!

Vexed by Vexillology?

That's the study of flags - but you already knew that, of course. Anyway, to develop our travel theme, we've put together a couple of flaggy quests for you to puzzle over. For little ones, we have a flag trail running around the library starting February 1st; and for everyone else, we have a flag quiz at the counter starting on the same date. And on February 18th 2-3pm, you'll be able to decorate biscuits with flags of your own. Now that's something to wave the flags about.

 Think you Know Devon?

If your travel preferences lie closer to home, we've come up with a little puzzler for you. We've printed a map of Devon showing the location of 20 towns or cities with a Devon library branch, but forgotten to print their names. Can you work the names out for us? It's harder than you might think! Have a go starting February 1st.



Make up a Postcard

One of the best bits about travelling is sending someone you know a postcard telling them how great a time you're having. Well, on February 16th (during half-term week) we've got a great kids' activity lined up: come in and design your own postcard for Cullompton, then mail it to us here at the Hayridge. We'll put all the cards we receive on display for the rest of the month. Stamps provided. Who knows, this could be the start of something big!

Fab Lab is Here!

On Friday February 19th (also during half term) we'll be hosting the fabulous Fab Lab - the fabrication laboratory. They'll be running two workshops for older children, bringing their incredible 3D printers to allow cool stuff to be designed on the computers and manufactured on the printers. The morning workshop (10am) will be about designing and building a (flyable) glider, while the afternoon workshop will be about racing cars. For more details, click this link. We've got limited places on each workshop, so if you're interested, sign up now!


 And Don't Forget...

All our regular events will be running through February, including Lego Club (every Saturday 10am), Coding Club (every Tuesday 4pm) and the Community Cinema on the last Saturday of the month. See all our regular events at this link.

Got an idea for a club or activity? Let us know and we'll do our best to make it happen!

Finally - a Fond Farewell

Centre Assistant Susie Tyler leaves the Hayridge at the end of January to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time illustrator. I'm sure you will all join me in wishing Susie all the best in her venture, and give her a big thank you for all the effort she has put in to making Cullompton Library a special place to visit over the last few years. Hopefully she will still remember us when her career has taken off and she's rich and famous!


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Fall Back: Autumn at the Hayridge

Time Flies

As the clock change approaches, we are getting ready for a busy Autumn at the Hayridge, with lots to get involved in during the lead-up to Christmas.

As well as the clocks going back, Opening Times are changing here too, with the launch of a new scheme called Open Plus. This will allow customers to access the centre and use its facilities after normal hours - up to 21:30 on each weekday evening. Customers will be able to scan their library card and enter their pin to gain access late into the evening and at weekends. We're very excited to be able to be able to offer greater flexibility for our customers and hope it will make a difference to how often you can visit The Hayridge Centre.

The scheme goes fully live on 16th November, so if you would like to be able to access The Hayridge in the evening, come to the desk during staffed hours to have your library card added to the system.

Free Online Magazines with Zinio 

Zinio for Libraries is here! It gives free access to magazines for all Devon Libraries members. Wherever you are you can now read magazines for free online or download and keep on your mobile device. There's a great deal of choice for all interests -Grazia, New Scientist, Hello!, Cycling Plus, BBC Good Food and many more can be found - See more by clicking on Magazines.

Creative Crafts
We're just finalising the details of our crafts and activities for November and December, so keep a lookout for our flyers, facebook events posts and website, detailing all the dates and times.

We're going to hide some pinecones around the library, for children to find and make into woodland creatures. And we'll be running two special storytimes about a cute little penguin and his experiences of Autumn and Winter. There'll be an educational leaf trail around the library and displays of books on the theme.

We'll also be gathering information for the elderly about how to prepare for the cold weather to ensure everyone is safe and toasty this season.

If you feel like a surprise, we'll be running our mystery book loans during December. There will be a pile of presents in the foyer - wrapped books without their titles. You won't know what you're getting, and you'll have to come and borrow it the old-fashioned way without self-service so you don't find out what you've borrowed til you unwrap it at home. It's a bit of fun to get people to try reading something they wouldn't normally pick up. In January we'd like to gather people's thoughts about what they've read and share recommendations.
Still Time to Hop onto a FREE Taster Session with On Course Southwest.
This Friday 16th October sees a wonderful range of free taster courses taking place at The Hayridge, including Dressmaking, Crochet, Cake Decorating, Creative Writing and Decoupage. All you have to do to sign up is come and add your name to our list and turn up on the day. You can also see all the other courses on offer in the On Course Southwest brochure or on their website. And if there's something you'd like to learn that you don't see available, let us know and we'll put it on our wish list.


Oh no - The Robots are Coming!!

If you like LEGO, you'll love this - Lego robots!

Come along to Lego Club for a SPECIAL EVENT on Saturday 28th November. Learn how to build and programme robotic Lego creations between 10 am and 12 noon.


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Where did Summer go?

Ok, who stole Summer?

It feels as though summer has just whisked by in a blur of frenzied activity here at the Hayridge. One minute summer was just starting, and the next minute there was a chill in the air and leaves were dropping off the trees. We'll use this post to  draw breath and reflect on what's been happening over the last few weeks, as well as looking forward to some of the things we'll be doing as the evenings start to draw in. We hope you haven't missed us while we've been "off air", but rest assured that we're now back and ready to rock!

Summer Reading Challenge 2015

The highlight of our summer was of course the annual Summer Reading Challenge. Each year, we encourage schoolchildren to read 6 books over the summer vacation. Studies have shown that by continuing reading over the summer holidays, children are more likely to show improvement in reading ability and school performance the following term - see the analysis of the 2014 reading challenge here for more details - so it's something we take very seriously. This year, 406 children signed-up for the challenge, of whom 189 succeeded in finishing all 6 books. The first 100 finishers were rewarded with an invitation to a free magician's party! We're very pleased with the performance this year, but will be working on encouraging more of the starters to finish when we look at next year's challenge. In the meantime, a big WELL DONE to those 189 children who finished their books.

The Hayridge gets a new face...

We'd like to take this opportunity to introduce new Centre Assistant Liz Porter, who will be joining the team at the end of September. Liz replaces Sophie Ross, who has left to spend more time hob-nobbing with politicians as chair of the board of trustees of the children's charity Pre-School Alliance. Come along in October to say hello to Liz and welcome her to The Hayridge!

Top Author Visits The Hayridge

We are thrilled beyond words to welcome best-selling author Lesley Pearce to the Hayridge on the evening of Friday, September 25th. Lesley will be talking about her latest book "Without a Trace", and at her last library visit had the audience in stitches with her account of writing, publishing, and life in general. If you don't already have a ticket, we have a few remaining - contact the library counter on 01392 388400 or . Tickets are a snip at £3!

OnCourse Taster Session

Plymouth-based training organisation OnCourse SouthWest will be with us on October 16th to host a free taster session for a number of courses which they hope to run at The Hayridge in January (depending on the number of sign-ups they obtain). The courses include: Cake Decorating; Creative Writing; Crochet Beginners; Dressmaking; and Decoupage. Full details are available at the library counter, where you can also find a brochure of all the courses they run in the Plymouth area - if there's one you'd like them to run here, just let us know, and if we can get enough people interested, we might be able to persuade them to run one here too. We'll need you to sign-up for the tasters - just give us a call on the number shown above if you're interested.

Fancy Building a Spitfire?

Well now you can, courtesy of Airfix! We have bought a number of model kits which we will be building on Saturday October 17th starting at 10:00. We'll provide the kits, glue, and paint so you can build your very own tribute to the Battle of Britain, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Places are limited, and cost a very reasonable £2 with everything included. There'll also be a special Spitfire model display on the day, with over 40 Spitfire models of various types and markings to illustrate the history of this remarkable and iconic aeroplane. Don't miss it! (Children under 10 will need to be accompanied by a parent please. Children over the age of 70 can take part for free.)

Yet more aeronautical stuff...

As if that wasn't enough, our Lego club will be working on a special project on Saturday October 3rd, as they set about building a huge model of the Sopwith Camel WW1 fighter. If you fancy joining them, come along and add your name to the list of children taking part. Incidentally, there'll be big news about the Lego Club in the next instalment of the Hubbub, so watch this space...

And finally... 

Finally, just a quick update on our plans to open the library in the evenings and Saturday afternoons. Work on this has been taking place over the summer - which has been the biggest reason for the lateness of this blog post - and is on course for introduction in November. We're looking for a few volunteers to test using the library in the evenings, so if you'd like to be a guinea pig, stop by at the library counter and have a word with the staff.