After a two-week closure, Newton-le-Willows Library reopened with a
‘welcome to your new look library’ event, showing off the results of its
The redecoration saw the search room, community room, public toilets,
children’s room and the main library all modernised with a fresh new look.
Library staff suggest feedback from the public who attended the reopening
event was very positive.
Four of the original stained glass windows from Newton Grammar School have also been installed as a permanent display, as part of the refurbishment.
The beautiful windows were saved from a skip by a member of staff who
salvaged them when Lancashire County Council demolished Newton Grammar School. They were displayed in Newton Community High School for a time before that too was demolished to make way for Hope Academy.
Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron found the windows, and suggested giving them a permanent home in the refurbished library. The Newton Ward councillor and Cabinet Member for Green Smart and Sustainable Borough said: “We have a proud heritage as a town, some of which has been lost along the way to private owners and developers.
“It made perfect sense to me and other councillors to get these items out
in the open so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come. The windows are particularly interesting, because you never used to see them at the school unless you were in trouble with the head teacher!”
Councillor Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing,
said: “This project demonstrates the commitment of the library service to
celebrate and preserve heritage in the town. The refurbished library looks
great and I’d urge residents to come and see it for themselves.”
The windows are displayed along with other artefacts from the archive,
including some from the former Congregational Church and some war memorial plaques from Earlestown Town Hall, one of which shows a ship sponsored by Newton-le-Willows during the Second World War.
The event was attended by Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillors
Steve and Lynn Glover, among other senior councillors including Cllr
Gomez-Aspron, Library Services and Public Health officers.
Why not come and see what’s new at Newton-le-Willows Library? Opening hours detailed below: