Youth club to build new home after major grant funding

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Youth club to build new home after major grant funding

Members of a youth club are celebrating after councillors agreed a £50,000 grant to help build their new purpose-built home.

The Woodstock Youth Centre will now press ahead with its plans to construct the clubhouse on its existing site in Recreation Road which will house its hundreds of weekly users as well as the wider community.

The Community Facilities Grant funding was agreed by Cabinet members at West Oxfordshire District Council and means the club is near to the £208,000 it needs to start building work following a 10-year fundraising campaign.

Jane Hibberd, Vice Chairrman and volunteer Jackie HibberdJane Hibberd, Vice Chairman and Youth Leader at Woodstock Youth Centre, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the funding – it has given us a great boost to move forward with this venture.

“It will bring in new people and help provide the community leaders of the future.”

The Nordic building, which has planning consent, will replace the existing clubhouse which is more than 50 years old. It is hoped construction will take place next summer.

Described as a “landmark facility” the new clubhouse will be environmentally friendly and energy efficient with disabled access built into the design.

Cllr Jeanette Baker, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Health at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Woodstock is a popular and vibrant youth club which plays an important role in the lives of many young people in and around the town.

“I am delighted that it has secured the funding and look forward to visiting the new clubhouse in the near future.”

The £50,000 is the maximum amount available under the Community Facilities Grant which provides financial support for community led capital projects for the improvement and / or enhancement of existing facilities and the purchase of new equipment.

Other projects to benefit from the grants which are awarded by West Oxfordshire District Council twice a year are the Langston Memorial Fountain in Churchill which received £5,774 for repairs and Brownes Hall in Carterton which was granted £38,361 for refurbishment and a new roof.

Posted : 23/11/2016 11:40:19

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