Friends of Irby Library

What's Coming

Coffee Morning | 1st Thursdays

Drop in for an informal coffee and a natter with friends. (Or read a book!) A monthly, informal event.

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Volunteers Take Over
Your Library needs YOU

Thanks to volunteers we are now able to open the library on a Tuesday afternoon from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, but we are still looking for more volunteers.

Full training is provided.

If you can help please contact
Jen Reid (648 6231).

 

Irby to the Dee - February's Display

STORY OF THE MURAL

The Irby to the Dee is a feature of the Methodist church Hall, situated behind the church in Mill Hill Road, Irby.

The spacious hall is host to a wide variety of local activities and it is in use throughout the week. In front of the stage curtains is a screening "wall" measuring 16' x 8' made up of four movable panels. The mural which decorates the panels was designed and painted in 1997 by Margaret Lang, assisted by volunteers of all ages, and has recently celebrated its 20th birthday.

Margaret is a member of Irby Methodist church. She also belongs to the friends of Irby library (FOIL) and Irby Pensby and Thurstaston Amenity Society (ITPAS). Before retirement she was an art and design tutor at Wirral Metropolitan College.

FIRST IDEAS

The previous panels were painted by Margaret and volunteers in 1970. The design was based on trees and rocks in Royden Park.
When, in the 1990s, the panels needed replacing, it was decided to have a new design. Church members and friends offered 22 different ideas for the new panels. These were mostly about local scenes, but some children suggested activities. After consultation a local theme was chosen, whilst finding a way to represent some of the activities which take place in the hall.

PAINTING THE PANELS

First the panels were given three coats of white emulsion paint. Then squares (for scaling up) were drawn using chalk and string. All the outlines were drawn in pencil.

After this "system 3" acrylic paints were used. Paper stencils and a sponge we used at the beginning, for those parts of the design which needed straight edges, then various sizes of brushes were used. Some colours were quite transparent so the paint was applied in several layers. Finally the painting was given two protective coats of acrylic marine varnish.

In all, 200 hours of work were spread over 18 months.