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£730,000 community centre on way to Burnhope

Published November 28, 2017 12.50pm


Work is underway on the building of a new community hub at a County Durham village.

Burnhope turf cutting

The turf cutting ceremony for Burnhope community centre

A turf cutting ceremony took place at Burnhope on Thursday 30 November, signalling the start of construction of the £730,000 community centre.

The facility, being built in the grounds of Burnhope Primary School, will feature a large activity hall, kitchen, meeting room, toilets and a fitness suite.

It is being made possible thanks to the fundraising efforts of a group of volunteers supported by our Mid Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) and its associated local county councillors.

Together the Burnhope Community Centre Trustees pulled together money from a variety of sources including the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities Fund, County Durham Community Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, Clothworkers Foundation, Sir James Knott Trust, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation and the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust.

The AAP and our members - through their neighbourhood budgets - have also contributed towards the cost of the new build.

Volunteers

Big Lottery Fund money has also been used to allow Durham Community Action and Bullion Hall community centre staff to train more than 25 local volunteers to help manage and run the building.

The trustees have commissioned D3 Associates to lead the project alongside Chester-le-Street building firm McCarrick Construction. Work will be finished by May 2018.

Cllr Ossie Johnson, one of our members to provide funding and councillor for Lanchester, said: "This has been a long time coming with a lot of hard work put in by a small number of committed volunteers over the last ten years.

"It's great to see local people so enthused and with over 25 local volunteers coming forward to help, the future of the centre looks bright.

"Burnhope is a small rural community and we hope this centre provides residents of all ages with the opportunity to get together socially and improve their wellbeing."

To find out more, contact the AAP on mdaap@durham.gov.uk

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