IAN Jones, the Chairman of Lingfield Guest House Trustee Ltd, Ian Jones, raised his glass of bubbly and said: “This is the day that many people thought would never come.”
Mr Jones was speaking at the event to announce the transfer of Lingfield’s Guest House Trust- the Guest House was left to to the community by Arthur Hayward on his death in 1954 and he prescribed that it should be used as a library or museum.
Surrey County Council managed the Guest House from 1955 but now, as a library, it is being looked after by the Trustees.
Mr Jones said: “It means we can manage the Trust cost-effectively and taking into account the wishes of local people. I am grateful to Surrey County Council officials who helped with the practical aspects of the transfer and my fellow directors for their perseverance. The Guest House is over 500 years old – I am looking forward to the next 500 years!”
The Lingfield Community Library will host on September 15 (10am-4pm) and its first author event is on November 1 and the writer coming to Lingfield is Guy Fraser-Sampson, famous for penning the Hampstead Murder Series.
The library is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 2-5pm; Thursday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-4pm.
Apart from Mr Jones the directors of the Lingfield Guest House Trustee Ltd are Janet Bateson, Martin Cundey, Peter Francis, Rita Russell and Joanna Unsworth.
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