Hive hub officially opens doors to Sudbury community after transformation of former United Reformed Church
A new hub for Sudbury, years in the making, has at last opened its doors to the community.
The official opening ceremony for the Hive Community Hub took place on Saturday morning, in the presence of donors and supporters who helped make the project possible.
Housed within the former United Reformed Church in School Street, purchased by the Hive charity this year, the venue also hosted an open morning for prospective users to tour the facilities, which are now available for booking.
Speeches were provided by Hive chairman Shirley Moore and treasurer Gareth Cole, while visitors were entertained with an organ recital by Roger Green and jazz musician Robert Ford.
Andrea Pittock, head of grant programmes at Suffolk Community Foundation, unveiled a plaque in memory of Joy Abbott, to honour the major contribution of the Joy Abbott Fund towards the hub.
Lesley Ford-Platt, trustee at Hive, told Suffolk News: “There was a lovely atmosphere.
“After the formal part of the event, we had more than 70 people come in to look around the rooms, and they were all talking to each other about what they wanted to do.
“There was a real buzz. That’s what Hive is all about – the voluntary sector working together, maximising our expertise and sharing our knowledge.
“Now that people have seen the building, the former minister, Malcolm Hill, said how pleased he was to see the church vibrant again.
“At times over the last couple of years, the building looked sad and neglected, but now it looks loved and it’s beginning to buzz.”
The Hive charity is continuing its fundraising, with a target of £200,000 for a programme of renovations.
The first major event at the hub’s Joy Abbott Hall will be Sudbury Choral Society’s Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 12, at 6.30pm.
Enquiries about hiring a space at the hub can be made to Gareth Cole by calling 07771 893702.