Fresh appeal for fund-raising to improve facilities at Holt Community Centre

The group rallying to save a 45-year-old community hub has sent out a fresh appeal for support to update its facilities.

The new call for help comes after a revision to the �70,000 project to transform Holt Community Centre at Kerridge Way.

The chairman of the executive committee of Holt Community Centre Barry Pilgrim said: 'We've had an awful job getting grants of that magnitude so we have had to revise the project.

'We are putting out an appeal to all residents and traders of Holt and people who use the centre to send donations.'

The group now plan to raise �34,000 to provide a disable toilet and baby changing facilities, renew heating and lighting in the main hall, replace the oven and install purpose-built units for users.

Mr Pilgrim added: 'We've already got �29,000 from grants and have raised a further �1,800.'

The building, which has been serving its users since the 1970s, has 20 groups regularly using the centre with 24,000 people visiting it each year.

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Improvements have been made within the last two years including the insulation of walls, installation of solar panels on the roof which has resulted in an annual saving of �1500, installation of sound-proof doors which has enabled the building to be divided into two for events, and lighting has been replaced in the room where the council meet – at the council's expense – in the lounge area and in the exit signs. A porch area has also been created.

The main grants have come from the Lottery's Community Sustainable Energy Programme, Awards for All, Norfolk Community Foundation and the Geoffrey Watling Charity.

• For more information or to help with fund-raising please ring 01263 713 427 or write to Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6DN.

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