Final attempt to save Wymondham’s Silfield Rooms

A last ditch attempt is being made to secure the future for two community rooms which currently risk being turned into flats.

Owner Saffron Housing has organised an open day at the Silfield rooms, in Green Lane, Wymondham, in a final effort to drum up interest within the local community to form a committee to oversee the running of the facilities after previous volunteers decided to move on.

At the event, which take place on May 11 between 3.30pm and 7.30pm, visitors will have the chance to meet representatives from the association's customer involvement team and the area housing officer, as well as members of committees who manage similar community rooms in Diss and Chedgrave.

Saffron Housing launched an appeal for volunteers shortly before Christmas. Ideas were also sought for the future use of the rooms - a tenants' resource centre and a former shop - which are now under-used.

So far a handful of people have come forward, but no-one has decided to take up the needed roles of committee chairman, treasurer or secretary.

Claire Scholes, customer involvement manager at Saffron Housing, said: 'At the moment it is highly likely that one of the rooms will be turned into a flat and depending on the outcome of the open day it may be that both rooms are turned into housing if a committee can't be formed.'

A final decision will be made shortly after the open day.

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Wymondham town councillor Diana Hockaday, who has volunteered as a committee member, said it would be a 'huge shame' to lose the rooms which make up the only community facility in the Silfield area.

'We have a very good pub down the road but this is in the heart of the community. This is the last gasp really,' she said.