Friends of Coppice Library

Friends of Coppice Library are a community group, which was set up in October 2014 in response to Trafford Council’s consultation on the future of our libraries.  Discussions with local residents, as part of that consultation, revealed that many people could not afford to travel into nearby town centres. So we feel it is vital that this service is maintained for the local community.  Whilst the outcome of the consultation resulted in the closure of some local libraries, Coppice Library has been saved, by a proposal to develop a community hub.  The Friends Group are working with Trafford Council, along with Bluesci  and other residents, to retain the library and information services in our neighbourhood.

What’s On

First Saturday of the month – Story time with Sally Rucki. It takes place for approx an hour the first Saturday of each month at 10.30. We usually read 3 stories and do a connected craft. Aimed at 5 years and under but any child welcome.

Second Tuesday of the month – Coffee Morning

Last Sunday of the month – Film Club for the Elderly


We  have the results of the poetry competition which closed in September.

On the theme of Truth the poems were judged by local poet Fred Varden

Winners in each category were:

Under 11 Winner : Aisya Nazrim –  £20.00 book token
Runner up : Nakul  Gorind – Poetry book
Under 18 Winner : Tom Hennessy – £20.00 book token
Runner up : Kuba Karasevicz – Poetry book


Adult Winner : Vivienne Mullen – £20.00 book token
Runner up :  Zara Ali – Poetry book

Contact Us

To get in touch please email us at:

The Committee

Chair – Julie Samari
It is important in times of austerity that we do not lose our libraries and this concern has encouraged me to help the Friends group. I am really looking forward to helping the local community to retain Coppice Library as a vibrant learning and social space. Libraries have always been important to me and there are so many activities and social events we can provide. Coppice Library can be a great asset to everyone in our community. I have recently retired from my job as  the Senior Registrar at Trafford Register Office based at Sale Town Hall. My work covered all aspects of registration including births, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships, citizenship and much more. A resident at Yulan Drive for 28 years, my children attended local schools and my husband has a business in Ashton Village. My leisure time is spent reading (!) theatre, travel, baking too many cakes and lots of dog walking to burn off the cake!

Secretary – Rob Chilton
I am a local resident in Sale West and, amongst other things, I have been a volunteer at Coppice Library ever since the volunteer scheme started. By day, I work for a medical regulator in Manchester. I have been involved in the local community for many years, and currently serve as the Chairman of the Friends of Dainewell Park and am also Chairman of the Sale West Community Garden. In addition, I am active at St. Paul’s Church in Sale, serve as Treasurer of Sale Civic Society, and as Vice-President of Sale Rotary Club. For the past five years, I have been the local Councillor for St. Mary’s Ward, which covers much of the south of Ashton-on-Mersey and the Sale West area. I care deeply about our local library, and want to help to preserve it into the future. Having some experience in PR and media relations, I hope to be able to bring these skills to the Friends of Coppice Library. I was born in Sale and live on Tulip Close. In my spare time I am an avid cyclist, and enjoy reading, walking, socialising, and spending time with my Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Mac.

Treasurer – Marj Powner
A volunteer at Coppice Library, I have lived at Elmwood in Sale for over 30 years. I am passionate about the local community and was instrumental in establishing both the Friends of Dainewell Park and the Friends of Coppice Library. I look forward to developing the library and information services for our community with the rest of the Committee. Although I really enjoy my job and still work full time, I manage to find space in my calendar for community projects such as this. I do like to be organised though, so I can fit everything in. I also have two sons, two lovely grandchildren and my dog, Lexy, to keep me busy. I enjoy family history research when I do get a bit of spare time

Children’s Activities – Sally Rucki
I’ve lived in Ashton upon Mersey all my life. I went to St Mary’s C of E & then Sale Grammar. I worked for 47 years at Manchester Crown Court mainly as a court clerk. I have a daughter who is a journalist having the same great love of reading as myself. Books are a passion & I love passing on this very important learning skill. So Storytime came at just the right time after I retired.

Events & Support – Barbara Turner
I believe that a library is not only a place to learn but  a cornerstone, serving the public in many capacities, open to new ideas and always accessible to the community. I look forward to working with our local businesses to ensure these essential components can be developed. I have worked abroad, both professionally, in the States,and as a volunteer in Shanghai. Moscow, Brazov (Romania) and Bangalore during the last fifteen years. In my spare time, I direct plays at local amateur theatres and am a member