AFTER SAYING goodbye to the Rev Humphreys and his charming wife, Edith, the committee moved fast and Mr Osbert Ward, who was elected Librarian at the formation of the Orotava Library, duly became the new President. He took the seat at the 1908 AGM.
Osbert and his wife, Eleanor, had settled in the Orotava Valley at the turn of the century after first spending a few winters at the Hotel Taoro. The Valley had won its battle with Guimar for the health visitors and Osbert was so delighted and excited with his new life that he wrote a guide book called The Vale of Orotava which was published by Russell and Co., Paternoster Row, London in 1903. As this was the year that the Library was built, Osbert was up to date with his information. Here’s what he has to say about the terms of subscription: