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This is the first in a series of articles in which we will describe the process of how we recover from the shocking fire in January 2017.
The fire was devastating. The whole library suffered severe smoke and water damage. The roof has become dangerous and the lobby area was completely destroyed.
However, the library staff and the Bata Heritage Centre volunteers are determined to ensure the facilities are back up and running for the community as soon as it is feasible. Already library services are available in the village hall (the old cinema and social centre) and the Bata Heritage volunteers are setting about the huge task of cleaning those items which have been rescued from the ashes.
On Wednesday, 15 February, a team of volunteers and library staff were able to enter the burnt out building for the first time and start to recover whatever they could. As you will see from some of the photos in this and future articles virtually all the furniture and books are damaged beyond repair. Almost all items from the Heritage collection are smoke damaged, some have been destroyed, but it is hoped that many can be cleaned and be back on display some time in the future.