Community Hub – 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 the target of £75,000 is reached, to fund fitting out and equipping the Community Café and the Heritage Centre.  For those who want to donate to our Appeal, please visit our Become a Friend page.

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. 

Droxford Country Fair, Saturday 1st June

Both the Friends and the PCC will be supported the Country Fair on Saturday 1st June, and the Rector presided over a ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremony 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 served 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 in the late autumn and use September and October for training and trial openings on selected weekends. 

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 Margaret Wallace at mandrw@hotmail.co.uk 

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 were 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.  

The Heritage Centre proposals which were presented at the public consultation held in March 2017 were 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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