Fund-raising campaign for social hub in Bury St Edmunds

Cllr Wayne Hailstone, Andy Conroy (Trustee Horringer Court Community Church), Cllr Richard Rout, Cllr Sarah Stamp, Philip Jude (Vice Chairman of Horringer Court Residents Association) and David Shepheard (Committee member of Horringer Court Community Hub)

Cllr Wayne Hailstone, Andy Conroy (Trustee Horringer Court Community Church), Cllr Richard Rout, Cllr Sarah Stamp, Philip Jude (Vice Chairman of Horringer Court Residents Association) and David Shepheard (Committee member of Horringer Court Community Hub)

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A campaign to build a multi-use community facility on Bury St Edmunds’ Horringer Court estate has made such progress that members of the public are now being asked to get involved.

The estate is the only one in Bury without a community centre and plans to resolve the situation began taking shape in 2013.

A charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) has now been set up – under the name Horringer Court Community Hub – and a feasibility study has been produced to show what the proposed building might look like.

The next stage is to hold a public meeting to launch the all important fund-raising campaign, which will take place at Horringer Court Middle School at 7.30pm on April 14.

It is thought the build, which has the support of the estate’s middle school, residents’ association and church, will cost more than £750,000.

Sarah Stamp, county councillor for the area said: “After over a year of initial feasibility and planning work we are now at a critical stage in this project to get a community centre built on the Horringer Court Estate.

“We now need to demonstrate genuine community support and start the fund-raising for what could potentially be a fantastic asset for local residents.

“We are keen to hear from anyone interested in supporting the project and I would encourage people to come along to the public meeting to learn more.”