Wereham residents urged to buy a brick for new community hub

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Residents in Wereham are being encouraged to buy a brick in a fresh campaign to raise funds for a new community hub in the village.

Officials are hoping to raise £20,000 so that construction work on the project can begin in July.

Supporters will have the chance to back the project at campaign stalls during forthcoming events in the existing village hall.

The first of those is a food and craft fair which will take place tomorrow, from 10am.

And Rachel Barron, the project’s fundraising manager, said: “We are now looking to the social and business community to buy a brick to meet our target.”

The project was awarded a £637,000 grant by the Big Lottery Fund last autumn, which will cover around three-quarters of its total cost.

The new hall is to be built on a playing field adjacent to the existing building, which dates back to the First World War, and is to be demolished as part of the development programme.

Mrs Barron said: “Following years of in-depth community consultation, we have identified that children and adults need a facility that can deliver physical activities, social groups, a village cinema, and opportunities for people to learn new skills.

“We have lead volunteers in place to deliver eight new activities and services from the new community hub.

“We have also identified that local businesses and people who work from home need access to improved facilities at a local level, including a professional space for conferences, meetings, training, meet and greet, interviewing and hotdesking.

Donations can also be made online at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/werehamvillagehallcio, or by phoning the project’s treasurer, John Eastgate, on 01366 500766.