PEOPLE are being urged to help shape the future of Stratford’s Ken Kennett Centre.
Clopton Community Forum, the volunteer group responsible for running the Justins Avenue centre for the past 16 years, had reluctantly decided to close earlier in the year owing to management costs and reduced income from bookings.
But Stratford District Council, which owns the centre, has been working with county, district and town councillors, together with local voluntary and community organisations, community leaders and residents to secure a future for the valuable community asset, which was the inspiration of former Mayor Ken Kennett.
A refurbishment of the centre has been made possible due to funding from the district, town, and county councils respectively.
Plans, including improved access and a community café, have been drawn up by volunteer architect Dominic Skinner.
Organisers are now keen to gather views and comments from the community on the proposed plans, and ideas for the way forward, and will be holding a cheese and wine event tomorrow evening (Friday), from 6pm to 8pm, where the new proposals for the centre will also be on display.
They are also keen to welcome people keen to get involved in volunteering.
There will also be a screening of The Jungle Book, courtesy of Moving Pictures, the district council’s Rural Cinema scheme, with a view to hold regular cinema screenings in the centre following refurbishment.
Organisers thanked Tesco, Morrisons, Paxton and Whitfield and Majestic Wines who kindly provided donations for this evening’s event.
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