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08.03.08
Opening of Stithians Centre

The Stithians Centre opened on Saturday 8th March 2008 by Daphne Skinnard, well known Radio Cornwall presenter.

This magnificent facility is now available to be used by the residents of Stithians and other local people and is the result of a long hard struggle by a surprisingly large number of people. The project started back in 1999 when Objective One became available and is the result of extensive consultation to obtain a wish list from the people of Stithians of the facilities they would like to see in the Centre.

The following have all provided investment for the project:

Objective One, the Big Lottery Fund, Rural Renaissance, EDF, Mining Villages Regeneration Group, BT, actnow, Cornwall County Council, Kerrier District Council, Stithians Parish Council and Stithians Village Hall Committee.

Without their valuable contributions the dream of such a wonderful Centre would never have become the reality it is today.

There are many people to thank, so a list of names is displayed in the foyer. Grateful thanks are due to all these people for their help and contributions which have been vital to the successful completion of this project.

There are, however, five people who have worked tirelessly on this project and are worthy of special mention. They are:

  • Rachel Godwin, Treasurer for the Village Hall Management Committee, who was largely responsible for applying for and obtaining the above-mentioned investment.
  • James Biscoe, Stithians Parish Councillor, who has undoubtedly been one of the great driving forces behind the project and whose eagerness and tenacity in seeing the project through to fruition and persistence when things were moving slowly has paid dividends.
  • John Calvert, Clerk to the Parish Council and Financial Manager for the Project, without whom the successful completion of the project within budget would have caused many headaches for the Committee.
  • Malcolm Nicholls, Site Manager for the contractor, who ensured that all ran smoothly during the construction.
  • Charlie Burley, the caretaker, who has worked far and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the existing building remained clean and useable during the building works and who has done so much to assist with the preparation of the new building and its fittings.

The building was designed by Roger Hocking of CAD Architects in Penryn and built by John Nicholls Builders of Goonhavern. It was handed over on 25th January. This was unfortunately a little behind schedule due to inclement weather and the theft of some lead from the roof.

The preschool have made a good start in their department and now have permission for 'wrap around' care and have received investment for more equipment.

The library has now been stocked with books from Redruth Library and it is hoped that it will build up its own clientele. It is just £1 to join for a year! It must be stressed that this facility is complementary to the mobile library, which will still operate as long as people use it.

New users of the Centre have already come forward to use the extra time and space that can be offered now that preschool have their own dedicated facilities. King Fu, Home Schoolers, Dog Obedience Trainers and Line Dancers among others are already using the Centre.

Cornwall County Council and Adult Education will be running various courses in the new IT suite, which can also be used as a meeting room.

It is hoped that this trend in increased activity will continue, so justifying the huge investment which has been made in the Centre, not only in terms of finances but also the time and effort to get the project developed and to get it successfully implemented.

Those attending the opening will be able to see the facilities on offer. Many of the groups who use the hall will be there with their displays. Traditional Cornish refreshments will be available and there will also be a raffle to mark St Piran's Day as well as the opening.

Margaret Ramsey, Chair of the Village Hall Management Committee, the organisation responsible for the running of the Stithians Centre expressed her delight at the fact that the centre had finally reached completion, almost ten years after it was first considered. "It is a credit to all who have worked so hard to fulfil the dream and I'm sure that it will benefit the people of Stithians for many years to come," she said.

For further information please contact Margaret Ramsey, Village Hall Management Committee , on 01209 861361.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Stithians Centre through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
The Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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