The Friends Of Goring Library
FOGL was formed in 1998 and supports the library by raising money to purchase books and other resources to add to those already provided by the Oxfordshire County Council (OCC). It has previously been involved in lobbying the Council when the library was threatened with closure. It works in partnership with OCC, including the provision and support of the volunteers necessary to keep the library open. It became an HMRC registered charity in April 2019.
FOGL is run by a committee of local people who are elected at the Annual General Meeting held in May. All are welcome to attend.
Our committee is currently made up of 11 members.
Jacqui has lived in Goring since 1999 and been involved with the library for the last 4 years, both as a volunteer in the library and on the committee of FOGL, latterly as Chair. Never happier than when she's left alone with a large cup of coffee & a good book. Maybe a few biscuits as well.
Secretary and Vice-Chair
Sarah Chambers has lived in Goring since 1996. She started coming to the library with her 3 children, and now goes with her grandson. She started volunteering for FOGL in 2018, as Secretary and as a volunteer story teller for pre-schoolers.
Mary has lived in the Goring Gap since 1974 and in Goring since 1988. She is involved in several
village activities and is currently the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the library. She lives next door,
so finds it easy to keep in touch with what is going on there. She is a keen reader and a member
of one of the library book clubs.
We moved to Goring in 2018 . I’ve loved reading all my life and started a book group where we used to live in East Sussex. I was so pleased to find Goring Library - such a lovely and lively place. We became members straight away. I’m now Membership Secretary and have a book group here (we can still take a few more members!). To quote Sidney Smith (1771-1845) ‘Live always in the best company when you read’
Tina is a relative newcomer to the village having moved here three years ago. One of the first things she did was join the library and she is very pleased to be more involved as a volunteer both in the library and on the committee of FOGL. She belongs to the Goring library book club and enjoys reading for herself and to her grandchildren.
Andy was recently elected as a parish councillor and is a professional trustee as well as our treasurer.
Sarah moved to Goring in 2010. She and her family love our small but perfectly formed library. Having grown up with her nose in a book, she didn’t hesitate to join the committee when the chance arose. Her family motto is ‘there’s no such thing as too many books!’
Ed has lived in Goring for many years but has been immersed in books all his life. He has spent more than 2 decades working at Penguin Random House and Dorling Kindersley book publishers before retraining to become an English teacher. His two favourite books (he can’t narrow it down to one) are Bleak House by Charles Dickens and The Given Day by Dennis Lehane.