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Public meeting to showcase how much is happening in the Marlpit area of Norwich

PUBLISHED: 11:22 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:28 18 April 2017

Marlpit Community Centre.

Marlpit Community Centre.

A community centre in Norwich is to throw open its doors to ask people what they would like to see happen there and to showcase how much is already going on in the area.

The Marlpit pub. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The Marlpit pub. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

More than a dozen local groups – including the former Marlpit pub and a new heritage project on the nearby Marriott’s Way – are to attend the public meeting at Marlpit Community Centre.

The centre, in Hellesdon Road, which lies between the River Wensum, the Marriott’s Way and the Dereham Road, will host a range of stalls from groups.

Those groups include representatives from the Marlpit Arms pub. The Friends of Marlpit Pub mobilised the community and launched a campaign which got the pub listed and after buying the pub, Cécile Bidet-Steele became the new owner, with pub shortly to be renovated and opened.

Marlpit Community Garden, Norwich Cycling Campaign, RiverCare, Pushing Ahead, Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail, Angelica’s Rainbow animal encounters, Tin House community arts company, Marlpit community meadow and Norwich Cares for EU - a support group for EU nationals in the Norwich area.

Lucy Galvin, chairman of the Marlpit community centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Lucy Galvin, chairman of the Marlpit community centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Representatives of the Baseline Centre, Future Projects and the local youth group are also to attend.

Thursday night’s meeting, which will run from 5pm until 8pm, will also include a prize draw, as well as free refreshments at the drop-in evening.

Community centre chair Lucy Galvin said: “The centre is for everyone. We have a growing range of interesting activities and we hope people will drop by, have a cup of tea and let us know what they want their centre to be, as well as chat to all the local initiatives coming along on the night.

“There are lots of exciting things happening in this area and all are welcome to get involved.”

Vicky Dale of Pushing Ahead, a project run by Norfolk County Council, said: “As lead project officers we will be at the event to be on hand to answer questions.

“We are looking to improve and develop cycling and walking and holding a range of events including cycle maintenance, training and journey plans.

“We will also be showing the Marriott’s way Heritage Trail, a new three year funded project to improve the nearby Marriott’s Way as a green corridor with a great heritage.”

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