Evesham’s ImaGine Community Hub has reopened in premises on the town’s High Street.

A community project organised and run by volunteers, ImaGine’s new home is at No 52 on Evesham’s High Street at the junction with Oat Street.

The new location provides well-lit space for displays about local projects and crafts together with a number of meeting rooms and a large room for events.

Imagine offers free books (donations welcome), and space for exhibitions from local artists and photographers.

Established by Transition Evesham Vale (TEV) in 2013, ImaGine operated for nearly four years from a building in the town square, but had to close when the property was let and refurbished to become the Orto Lounge restaurant.

“Imagine was set up to provide a place in the centre of town where people could meet,” said Robin Walker, ImaGine’s project leader. 

“Put simply, imaGine aims to provide a catalyst for change, working with local communities, exploring sustainability, discovering how we can work together for a healthier, happier, lower carbon future.

"We aim to foster and nurture relationships with voluntary and civic organisations in and around Evesham, and encourage their active use of imaGine as a place to meet, talk and promote their activities.

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“It’s a place to make and meet friends, share ideas on Evesham’s future – including housing, transport, amenities – and, very importantly, making the town sustainable. Nothing is cast in stone, and we welcome your contributions towards shaping imaGine’s role. ImaGine is as much yours as it is anyone’s, so let’s make it work together. 

“We have a great team of volunteers who have been working hard for two weeks to get ImaGine ready to open.

"We are open six days a week between 10am and 4pm, staffed by volunteers. Everyone is welcome to visit, find out what we currently offer and join in the debate on the future of our town.

“We’re very grateful to landlords Richard and Maggie Mumford, charity partner Welcome To Our Future and Wychavon District Council who have enabled ImaGine to use these premises.

"Thanks to them and generous donations from Roundabout, local groups and individuals, we’ve got a well-furnished centre with great facilities.

“If you would like to donate some books, discuss current or potential projects, or consider volunteering, pop in for a chat.

"This really is a great way to be part of the change you want to see, making Evesham a Greener, healthier and more prosperous place for your children, and your children’s children.”