Story by Lyn Brandon
Thirteen people crowded into one of the office spaces at Abbeyfield House to discuss ideas for future
use of the building on Tuesday 20th December.
The current trustees of the charity set up as ‘Abbeyfield Community Heritage Hub’ provided some background information on the current status of the building and welcomed everyone’s interest in moving the project forward. Alongside the original plan to use the building as a base for celebrating local history and culture, there were many ideas and interests expressed. These included practical suggestions for improvements to lighting and storage, the introduction of a booking system for groups wanting to use the space, and new decoration for the entrance hall.
Other ambitious ideas that will need further discussion such as a weekend café, an international bakery, and dedicated spaces for a crêche, arts workshops, and community education. Holding monthly events to open the house up to the whole community was also discussed.
This is just the start of what we hope will be the next stage in developing Abbeyfield House as a building to serve the local community. Over the next few months we will need help and support from local volunteers.
Further meetings are planned so please let us know if you are interested. Call Lyn Brandon on 07876 550 465.