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Moreton Hall Community Centre handed £20,000 grant toward major renovation

A community centre is set for a major revamp, including the addition of a library, after receiving a £20,000 boost from a town council.

Moreton Hall was gifted the financial aid by Bury Town Council last Wednesday.

The money will help to plug the centre’s financial gaps, which have been largely exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic this year, but also fund major refurbishment and extension of the centre, including provision of a new community library.

Moreton Hall Community Centre
Moreton Hall Community Centre

The office and reception will also be relocated and the post office made bigger which is hoped will increase income potential.

Nigel Cross, community association chairman for the centre, said it was ‘fantastic’ news.

“It will be so good for the area and the centre to bring a main library up into Moreton Hall and will be such an asset,” he said.

Nigel Cross, community association chairman
Nigel Cross, community association chairman

He added the team of volunteers based at the centre worked ‘very hard’ and were hoping next year the community would ‘thrive again’.

Town councillors had praise for the centre last Wednesday.

Cllr Cliff Waterman said: “As an occasional user of Moreton Hall (Community Centre), I think it’s really brilliant that we can support it and I think we should.”

Peter Thompson, town mayor, echoed Cllr Waterman’s thoughts and thanked the councillors for approving the grant for a ‘worthwhile cause’.

Plans for the new community centre layoutPhoto provided by West Suffolk Council (43658809)
Plans for the new community centre layoutPhoto provided by West Suffolk Council (43658809)

Mr Cross said the community association would be contacting West Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council to see about further funding for the centre.

Even after the £20,000 grant from the town council, there is still a £71,000 funding gap that needs to be made up.

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