Five years on, a new community hub will be built in Trimingham
PUBLISHED: 14:54 16 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:08 16 July 2017
It’s just an overgrown, semi-derelict field now, but soon it will house the hub of a north Norfolk village.
Work starts on a new purpose-built community centre just off the main coast road in Trimingham on July 24.
And for the last two weekends volunteers in the village have been clearing the site in preparation.
The new environmentally-friendly building will replace the current hall, the pilgrim centre, which is located near the edge of a crumbling cliff in a 1930s building, and will ensure the future of many local groups.
Village hall management committee chairman Terry Brown said: “It has taken us five years to get to this position, and it’s been a long tender process.
“It’s costing £588,000. Last year we were awarded about £425,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. We got about £152,000 from North Norfolk District Council’s Pathfinder grant, about £10,000 from the Geoffrey Watling Foundation and about £32,000 from Sheringham Shoal, for our ground source heat system.
“It will take 32 weeks to build it and we’re hoping that it will open by next spring.”
The project was also boosted by £30,000 raised through events ranging from car boot sales and keep fit sessions, to quizzes and whist drives.
Mr Brown said the pilgrim centre was tiny and never intended as a community centre.
He added: “It’s going to enable us to grow the things we’re doing at the moment and hopefully put on other things. We don’t have a pub or a shop or a medical centre so we want to try to bring more services into the village.”
Sheringham-based SMG Architects Ltd has designed the new building which will be built by Norwich-based Omnis Construction Ltd.
A spokesperson for the Big Lottery Fund said: “The project aims to reduce isolation and bring the community together through the provision of a new modern and fit for purpose hall.
“A community hub will be built to serve the entire parish with a wide range of activities and services.
“The outside space, play equipment and youth club will address the needs of the younger members of the community. They will also run larger and additional lunch clubs as well as health-related activities, in response to requests from older members.”