CAMPAIGNERS planning a protest against the threat of losing their village library say they are “not giving up” the fight.

Residents in Sible Hedingham are still battling to keep the service open following proposals by Essex County Council to close a number of smaller libraries.

A public meeting was held at Hedingham Sport and Social Club on Tuesday, when more than 20 residents met to discuss the matter.

Dr Shan Newhouse, a retired GP from Halstead, organised the meeting with Tracey Ashmeade.

Dr Newhouse, 63, said it was extremely well attended despite snowy weather in the evening.

Campaigners have now decided to stage a protest outside the library in Sible Hedingham on Saturday, February 9, at 10.30am.

Some campaigners are also planning on attending a demonstration in Chelmsford later that afternoon.

Dr Newhouse said: “We want to get a good crowd there including children and disabled people – everybody really.

“It’s well worth a try.

“A decision will not be made until June and if we believe in a democratic society and austerity coming to an end you’ve at least got to try.

“If you apply pressure to politicians sometimes they can see things in a different way.”

Dr Newhouse said the first meeting was a success with “very enthusiastic” villagers taking part in a “long, very wide ranging and fruitful discussion”.

She said: “There was a great positive atmosphere to keep all libraries open and untouched.”

Dr Newhouse said that in order to get the council’s attention, campaigners must question the figures and decision making rather than simply making a case as to why they “love their library”.

“We are pushing for all libraries to stay open and no cuts,” she said.

“Essex County Council will only save 0.1 per cent of their budget if they push these plans through.”

Dr Newhouse is urging anyone who wants to have their say to join them at the protest and further meetings to save Sible Hedingham library.

To have your say on the Essex County Council libraries consultation, visit