In 2010 the friends of Sallie Thornberry, Mayor of Guildford in 2000/2001, contributed to a fund enabling a lasting tribute to Sallie to be created in Mukono.
The twinning of Guildford with the African district of Mukono in Uganda was a result of an initiative put forward by Mrs Thornberry, who became an Honorary Alderman on 1 October 2003.
Mukono Town Council agreed that a Library would be appropriate and this was opened with typical Ugandan exuberance in the presence of her daughter Emily Thornberry, M.P., and and many of Mukono’s Councillors.
The Sallie Library was opened in 2010 by Emily Thornberry.
The Library is housed in a beautifully restored period building provided by the Kubaka (king) of Buganda. In addition to many speeches, local school pupils drummed and danced with great energy.
Four trees were planted and named by by Emily and Johnson Senyonga, the Mayor of Mukono town, and as well as by Tamsy Baker and Jim Rattray on behalf of the Guildford Mukono Link. While Emily planted her tree in memory of her mother, the band played the Red Flag, Sallie’s favourite tune.
Four tons of books were sent out for the library, including hundreds of text books and six computers.
More books and computers are always needed and donations are appreciated.