Support for plan that will bring a former social hub in Lakenheath back in to use

Lakenheath Royal British Legion Club
Lakenheath Royal British Legion Club
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Plans to purchase a former social hub that has stood empty for more than year and restore it for the use of the community have gained support.

Plans to purchase a former social hub that has stood empty for more than year and restore it for the use of the community have gained support.

Lakenheath Peace Memorial Hall will now pursue the purchase of the former Royal British Legion Club.

The village’s residents filled the hall yesterday evening to show their support for the purchase.

Brendan Fulham, who has spearheaded the project said: “I’m overwhelmed with the response. I have had nothing but positive comments - people have been saying ‘we are with you’.”

The Royal British Legion Club closed in August 2012 and has stood empty ever since.

Alice Horren, 73, of Lakenheath said: “It breaks my heart to see it like that.

“I’m one of the oldest in the village and I do not like to see it like that.”

The support shown at the public meeting has allowed an embargo to be placed on the sale of the site.

This means that if the community can raise £120,000 by April it can purchase the former club.

Mr Fulham told those gathered that donations had already been made and an application for up to £100,000 of lottery funding was underway.

He said: “Purchasing will not be a problem - I think we can raise the money.”

The club and hall sit side by side in Lakenheath High Street and if the purchase is successful it has been proposed they are joined to create a large social venue.

Mr Fulham said: “I would like to develop it for the village into a first class village centre because I think we deserve it.

“We have lovely events in the village hall and in the pavilion but we are struggling to accommodate everybody who wants to use these facilities.”

A committee will now be formed to secure funding and consult residents of all ages on how they would like the site to be used.

Their opinions will allow plans to be drawn up in due course if the purchase is successful.

If you are interested in joining the committee email chairlpmh@hotmail.com