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New chapter dawns for ex-Legion home

Lakenheath, Suffolk. After a long campaign the People's project have purchased the Royal British Legion Club in Lakenheath and plan to reopen it ANL-140306-154658009

Lakenheath, Suffolk. After a long campaign the People's project have purchased the Royal British Legion Club in Lakenheath and plan to reopen it ANL-140306-154658009

Residents in Lakenheath are to receive the chance to put forward their views on how to redevelop the former home of the village’s branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL).

As part of the next phase of the project to transform the High Street building, two surveys are to be launched by new owners the Lakenheath Peace Memorial Hall, who ran the People’s Project, which was spearheaded by the late Brendan Fulham, to purchase the site, on Saturday at a celebration event between 12pm and 4pm in the grounds of the former RBL building.

One survey will be used to gain suggestions for how the building should be used to benefit the community, while the other will aim to identify people and their skills for helping to progress both long and short term proposals.

“The idea of holding this celebration event and launching the two surveys is to glean a bit more information from villagers as to what they would like inside it,” said Annette Brooks, chairman of the Lakenheath Peace Memorial Hall.

“We are also looking to see what people can offer to help us move the project forward in terms of helping us supply materials and services as ideally we want to do this with as much help from residents and local businesses.

“We are excited about starting work on the next stage of the project and we hope to see as many people as possible on Saturday.”

Helping fund Saturday’s event is Forest Heath district councillor Colin Noble, who has given £500 from his locality budget towards it.

“I am pleased to be able to use part of my locality funding to help not only with Saturday’s celebrations, but also the surveys, which will take this project onto its next stage and deliver a new facility to benefit the people of Lakenheath,” said Cllr Noble.

While this weekend’s event is very much an information gathering process, Mrs Brooks has not ruled part of the building, which was purchased by through funds donated to the group by the Christian Enterprise Foundation following the sale of Lakenheath Village Home, being opened for community use later this 
year.

“We want to get the building up and running quickly as we want to utilise the area to generate some income,” said Mrs Brooks.

“The front part of the building needs a lot of work doing to it and won’t be suitable to use for a village centre for a while. However we would like to refurbish the lounge area and join it to the Peace Memorial Hall. Hopefully that part of the building could be up and running by the end of the year.”

 

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