After a two-year campaign that raised nearly £230,000, a new community centre has opened in King’s Somborne.
Sombornes Preschool, who are currently using the village hall for a range of activities, will also use the building, which is the hub for the community. The idea for the new building was born from a community survey conducted several years ago on a neighbourhood development plan, which revealed the need for a new building.
In the project delivered and built in the village within the space of 24 hours, Test valley Borough Council contributed £ 120,000.
The Community Infrastructure Levy came in total to £ 95,000, when the Council charges certain criteria for new developments across the municipality. Those who want to provide new facilities or services can then bid a share of the levy. The Council then awarded another £ 25,000 by way of a Community Asset Fund.
This end result was a joint project team working for the parish council and the municipal authorities. This was a result of the project team. The hall opens in January’s second week.
The Hampshire County Council, the Awards for All, the Loddon Test Leader Programme, the King’s Somborne Parish Council and the Village Hall were other organisations which organised community fundraising events for £ 30000.
Led by Mid Test ward councillor and community and leisure portfolio holder, Tony Ward, the project took around two years to finish.
With the groundwork and services all completed by contractors, the building was delivered in five sections on November 5 and then craned into position.
Councillor Tony Ward said: “I am so hugely grateful for the wider community’s support in this project. King’s Somborne is a unique place and everyone has truly come together to make this happen.
“Now, the village hall will be freed up as the preschool has a new place to call home for some of its activities, and the new hall will also be a new hub for the community to enjoy, too.”