Centre will have official naming day

Newmarket Journal - December 2013''Louise Hounsome - Centre Manager (Centre L) is joined by some of the organisers and fundraisers outside The Beeches community centre in Isleham ENGANL00120131216091602

Newmarket Journal - December 2013''Louise Hounsome - Centre Manager (Centre L) is joined by some of the organisers and fundraisers outside The Beeches community centre in Isleham ENGANL00120131216091602

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The formal opening of The Beeches, Iselham’s new community centre, will be carried out by two of the village’s stalwarts.

While the £1.5million building has been open for more than a year the formal opening and naming ceremony will take place on Saturday.

The Parish council owns the building constructed by C J Murfitt of Soham and it is run by Iselham Community Association as a charitable trust, Isleham Community Enterprise.

Former Newmarket Journal photographer Vernon Plaice, a keen historian and supporter of his village will be joined by Ruth Diver MBE, recognised for her outstanding services to children, for the opening ceremony at 1pm.

Ruth’s grandfather helped build the hall and her father helped build the old pavilion.

The Beeches is home to a range of groups including mother and toddlers, cubs and scouts, youth groups and fitness classes.

Everyone is welcome to attend the landmark event which marks the building of the centre by the people of Isleham for the village.

Funding came from donations including those from the parish council, major bodies and villagers.