Community Hub – May Update

Droxford Community Hub and Heritage Centre

We launched our Appeal for £75,000 in October, and following the tremendous response to the Gift Day in December, we were able to appoint a contractor in January and start building the Community Hub annex. Progress has been rapid and the construction phase is nearly complete, with the flint walls and pitched roof blending well with the existing building and attracting favourable comments from passers-by.

Our Appeal has raised nearly £60,000, or 80% of our target.  Very many thanks to all those families and individuals who have generously donated so far – without you we would not have been able to complete the construction phase. The Appeal will remain open until 30 June 2019, or until the target of £75,000 is reached, to fund fitting out and equipping the Community Café and the Heritage Centre.  For those who still want to donate to our Appeal, the MyDonate page is accessible from our website www.friendsofdroxfordchurch.org.uk

In addition to individual donors we also gratefully acknowledge the grants received from the Hampshire County Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Allchurches Trust, Headley Trust, Droxford PCC, and the Droxford Country Fair. 

Looking Ahead

Droxford Country Fair, Saturday 1st June

Both the Friends and the PCC will be supporting the Country Fair on Saturday 1st June, and are planning a ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremony at 3.30pm to mark the completion of the construction phase of the Community Hub Annex. 

Wilfrid’s – the Café on the Meon

On Fair Day, Wilfrid’s Café volunteers will serve tea and biscuits in the North Chapel to give a foretaste of what the Café will offer and receive feedback. Our plan is to open the Café regularly from September, after the school holidays, and use July and August for training and trial openings on selected weekends for the benefit of visitors and ramblers. 

Volunteers for all roles, baking, serving, coffee-making, cleaning etc are invited.  Training will be provided where necessary.  Please send your name, email and type of interest to Sheila Matthissen at sheila-s-j@hotmail.co.uk , and be sure to visit us on Fair Day, Saturday 1st June.  

Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is designed to display the history of Droxford’s church and community from Saxon times to the 20th Century.  Highlights will include John of Drockensford, Chancellor of England in the early 14th Century, and Churchill’s visit to Droxford Railway Station before D-Day in 1944. 

Panels describing the D-Day story and Churchill’s historic visit will be exhibited on Fair Day, together with DVD recordings of local memories and historic footage from Droxford’s celebration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in 2014.  There will also be an exhibition of historic vehicles in the Square. 

The Heritage Centre proposals which were presented at the public consultation held in March 2017 will also be displayed in the church on Fair Day, and further public comment invited.  Please contact Michael Chandler (mjchand110@gmail.com) if would like to volunteer to help or make a donation to the Heritage Centre.

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