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Blockley hub plans met with cheers at public meeting
A MEETING for people to learn more about a new community hub in Blockley was met with cheers and whoops.
More than 120 people packed the Jubilee Hall earlier this month to hear about the plans and to meet the architects who have been working on the project.
As previously reported, the Blockley Co-operative Association (BCA) was awarded a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities Programme in July.
The new building – which will be built next to the current one – currently occupied by 1960s public toilets, will include a shop, post office, café and disabled toilet.
Pam Merritt, BCA member, said: “It was a really good atmosphere and there was a lot of support for the project. The residents are really excited and really pleased.
“We’ve had nothing but enthusiastic response which is great. There was a great feeling that it is what people want.”
BCA had already secured a £250,000 loan and a grant of £65,000 from the Community Builders Fund towards the £800,000 project.
More than £118,000 was also raised by the village following a successful appeal last spring.
The shop will also hold digital sessions for people having difficulties with their computer or camera, workshops, cooking classes, a prescription drop-off point and can be used by district nurses for health education.
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