Work starts on community centre after six-year wait
Building work has begun on a new community centre in Isleham after a six-year-long fundraising campaign.
The £1.4million hub and sports pavilion will feature a large hall, cafe/bar, conference rooms, kitchen, changing rooms for four sports teams and officials, and an office for the clerk of Isleham Parish Council.
Outdoor facilities will include a car park and space for play and picnic areas.
The Isleham Community Association, which was formed to oversee the project, hopes building work will be completed by November.
Derrick Beckett, chairman of Isleham Parish Council, said: “I don’t think that any of us knew the full extent of what we were undertaking six years ago, but we got there in the end.
“Sincere thanks are due to all those people who have worked so hard and doggedly, to the community who have supported us, and to all those organisations who have helped us achieve our goal.”
Parish councillors decided to replace Isleham’s current hall and sports pavilion, which date back to the 1950s and 60s, after they had become “unfit for purpose”.
Grants and donations were made by organisations including East Cambridgeshire District Council, Sport England, WREN, Garfield Weston, Amey Cespa and the Football Foundation, which gave more than £152,000.
Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I commend Isleham Community Association and Isleham Parish Council and the Cambs FA for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.”
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