Hellesdon Community Centre Charitable Trust

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At the AGM of the Trust the regular users of the Centre (who make up the membership of the Trust) expressed their concern that the Parish Council had not placed the Trust as one of the main options on their recent questionnaire about the future of the Centre. They passed a resolution to ask users and Hellesdon Residents to request a public meeting with the Parish Council to discuss the future of the Centre.

A petition form was drafted at their request and is being circulated. If you wish to download a copy as a pdf please click here!

Report from the Chair of the Trust

As I hope everyone is aware, the Trust exists to manage the current Centre on behalf of the people of Hellesdon in the form of a charitable trust. The history and traditions we have developed at the Centre are important but so is its future, as a resource, as national, local and community life develops and changes.

We are currently in something of a hiatus as the future of the current building is being decided. New opportunities for activity and investment are on hold until some certainty is established. We have talked to you, our members, the public who visit and take part in the activities here, local churches and those with an interest in community life.

All are agreed that what the community really wants should lie at the heart of any future development but it has to be set in the realistic context of what can be afforded, how best to secure future funding and partnership agreements that are in the best interests of the community. We have also been developing plans that could reduce its cost to council tax payers.

We are already aware that many local community points such as pubs and clubs are being lost and developed as retail outlets. A new Community Hub is also planned by Dacre Holdings on the old Mann Egerton site. So developing an understanding with both industrial and community groups is going to be important if we are not to duplicate services and resources.

Additional Hellesdon Parish Council Meeting at Hellesdon Community Centre
7.00pm, 10th February, 2015

We have been informed that the meeting on the 10th February 2015 will an additional meeting of the Parish Council. All Parish Council meetings are open to the public. The meeting will follow normal Parish Council standing orders which means that members of the public will only be allowed to speak during the appropriate agenda item. Members of the public are welcome to express their views and opinions during this agenda item. The meeting is scheduled to take place on 10 February 2015 and this date will be confirmed by the issuing of the agenda on 4th February. Details of the agenda will be posted on the Parish Council’s website.

Partnership seems to us to be the key.

The Trust is really not interested in the ownership of the Centre – that’s not what we are about. We are only interested in ensuring that the Centre’s future offers the maximum opportunity for local people to enrich their lives by meeting with each other, sharing in activities designed to improve their health and well-being and, put simply, adding fun and joy to their lives.

Whatever happens in the future of the Centre, the Parish Council and the HCC Trust have guaranteed that the rooms will still be available to the community for hire and use. The Trust will continue its work as the HCC Charitable Trust doing its utmost to provide, through its work, opportunity for community and business activity. Whatever else changes we are actively planning for the future.

Our new business plan is being finalised and will be available soon.

John Knowles
24th November, 2014

HCC Choir

These are the dates for the Choir rehearsals in Jan. and Feb.

Friday 9 January 7.00-8.30pm
Sunday 18 January 3.00-4.30pm
Sunday 25 January 3.00-4.30pm
Friday 30 January 7.00-8.30pm
Sunday 8 February 3.00-4.30pm
Friday 13 February 7.00-8.30pm
Friday 27 February 7.00-8.30pm

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