Crime author to examine and aid library’s fortunes

Crime author Alison Bruce has become a patron of Lakenheath Library.  FL;  Marilyn Shown, Mary Dimond, Anne Cross, Heather Bradley, Iain Frost and Alison Bruce.
Crime author Alison Bruce has become a patron of Lakenheath Library. FL; Marilyn Shown, Mary Dimond, Anne Cross, Heather Bradley, Iain Frost and Alison Bruce.

Crime writer Alison Bruce has turned her investigative gaze to the aid of Lakenheath Library.

The author has become a patron of the library and will help the Friends of Lakenheath Library (FOLK) protect the service it provides.

Mrs Bruce said: “I visit a great number of libraries with my writing but I was struck what a great library Lakenheath is.

“It’s a small library but a great community resource the people helping to support it, FOLK, are really committed.”

Mrs Bruce has written five books starring Cambridge based detective, DC Gary Goodhew.

She has previously given talks and judged competitions on behalf of FOLK.

The group was formed in Spring 2011 in response to the threats posed by budgetary cuts.

Mrs Bruce said she had been impressed by the way Lakenheath’s residents had rallied to protect the community resource.

She said: “When the cuts first came in I was shocked because to my mind the libraries have always been there and should always be there. I think a lot of people have gone this is outrageous.

“It’s bought the library service to the fore front, to peoples attention, and they have made a more concerted effort.

“Lakenheath is a really good example.”

Anne Cross, chair of FOLK, said: “We are pleased that the community are working well together and that people are supporting us but we would like more support.”

As well as raising money the group organises events and is looking to provide computing facilities.

FOLK’s next fund-raiser is a horse racing night which will be held on October 5 at Lakenheath Village Hall.