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Grant pushes Thetford community centre project forward

Charles Burrell campus should be signed over to Thetford Town Council on Thursday. They plan to turn the site into a community facility for groups/business/events etc. 

Pictured: Cllr Silvia Armes, Cllr Terry Jermy, Cllr Denis Crawford and Cllr Mike Brindle ENGANL00120141202172230

Charles Burrell campus should be signed over to Thetford Town Council on Thursday. They plan to turn the site into a community facility for groups/business/events etc. Pictured: Cllr Silvia Armes, Cllr Terry Jermy, Cllr Denis Crawford and Cllr Mike Brindle ENGANL00120141202172230

A £10,000 grant has been awarded help the conversion of an empty school site into a thriving community centre in Thetford.

A £10,000 grant has been awarded help the conversion of an empty school site into a thriving community centre in Thetford.

The money has been awarded to Thetford Town Council from the Social Investment Business Group to help secure the future of the former site of Charles Burrell High School.

Volunteers have been busy cleaning the former school, in Stainforth Road, and it is hoped the first organisations will begin using the space in April.

Thetford Town Councillor, Terry Jermy, said: “This is fantastic news. To have the £1,000 is obviously a significant help but so too is the fact that they have in effect endorsed what we are trying to do here and can see the benefits of it.”

The £10,000 will go towards legal and accountancy advice to ensure the project can be profitable.

The long-term plan is for a charity or trust to take control of the centre, which it is hoped will be used by groups, organisations and businesses.

Cllr Jermy said volunteers from the community had been busy cleaning and organising the buildings. He said a significant number of interested users have already come forward wishing to use the site.

It is hoped the first paying customers will use the facilities next month.

The awarding of this grant also paves the way for Thetford Town Council, who hold the lease of the building, to apply for a £100,000 grant.

 

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