New facilities put our Memorial Social Centre on the map
article submitted by FHDC
The future of an important hub in one of West Suffolk’s most popular villages has been secured, thanks to extensive refurbishment funded in part by a £10,000 grant from St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
The Wickhambrook Memorial Social Centre (MSC) management committee has spent five years raising over £23,000 towards a £45,000 kitchen facilities project. St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor Clive Pollington said,
“The Centre boasts ample parking, sports facilities, bars, rooms and a main hall with a stage, and is in daily use. But it was at risk of falling into disrepair if hirers, whose fees fund the maintenance programme, didn’t have access to the updated kitchen facilities they require. The application for £10,000 to the council’s Rural Initiative Grant Scheme has helped secure this community asset and the business planning for the future will give it a strong competitive position.”
Sam Scarff, Chair of the Wickhambrook Memorial Social Centre management committee said,
“Thanks in large part to the generous grant from St Edmundsbury Borough Council, and the enthusiastic support of our councillor Clive Pollington, the kitchen of the Wickhambrook Memorial Social Centre (Wickhambrook Village Hall) has been transformed. Designed to cater for any occasion and user, from the casual cook to the professional caterer, the hall’s usability has been well and truly widened. We hope it will be enjoyed by our regular hirers and improve the prospect of bigger events such as weddings and parties.”