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Villagers apply for funding to build new community centre

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 September 2017

Winscombe Community Centre.

Winscombe Community Centre.

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Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council is hoping to build a new community centre for art exhibitions, drama and dance and youth activities.

Winscombe Community Association (WCA) took over the old Winscombe School, in Sandford Road, more than 30 years ago but it is now looking to build a new facility to make it more accessible to the community.

The group has set up a project entitled WiNSpace – short for Winscombe New Space – and it is now exploring funding options.

Nick Glaisyer for WiNSpace said: “After 37 successful years with our current buildings the time has come when we have to think about how we can preserve that legacy and take it forward by upgrading our ageing facilities.

“What the village needs has changed over that time and will go on changing. We now have a really exciting opportunity to find out what people want and create something special for the next 37 years.

“WiNSpace is progressing really well and we have had lots of very positive feedback and ideas from the community on what you would like to see in a new parish community hub.

“We are now actively seeking funding grants and have already identified funding, approaching one million pounds.”

WCA has now set up a group to manage the project, but more volunteers are needed to help progress the plans.

The group is looking for people to help with secretarial and organisational support, grant applications and research, communication and planning, project management and financial and accounting work.

Nick added: “We want this to be more than a village hall. We want a place that will attract new and wider activities across the age spectrum and be self-supporting.

“Ideas have included specialist facilities for the arts such as an exhibition space, amateur dramatics and dance, and even workshop spaces that might attract business revenue.

“Other suggestions include a specialist youth hub, with facilities for toddlers through to teens, a place for special celebrations whether a large family gathering or a wedding and a friendly drop-in area.”

To find out more, visit www.winspace.org.uk or call James Barattini on 01934 843347.

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