New community hub starts to take shape

A new community hub and heritage centre in Droxford, Hampshire, is taking shape thanks to the support of the National Park’s Sustainable Communities Fund.

The Friends of Droxford Church launched their appeal for £75,000 in October and were able to appoint a contractor in January and start building the Community Hub annex.

Progress has been rapid and the construction phase is nearly complete, with the flint walls and pitched roof blending well with the existing building and attracting favourable comments from passers-by.

In addition to individual donors, funding has come from the South Downs National Park, Hampshire County Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Allchurches Trust, Headley Trust, Droxford Country Fair, and Droxford PCC.

The Appeal has raised nearly £60,000, or 80% of the target.  The Appeal will fund fitting out and equipping the Community Café and the Heritage Centre.

The Friends supported the village’s Country Fair last month and held a ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremony to mark the completion of the construction phase of the Hub Annex.

For those who still want to donate to the Appeal, the MyDonate page is accessible from the website at www.friendsofdroxfordchurch.org.uk