Picket Twenty Community Centre opens for use

The growing community at Picket Twenty now has a brand new Community Centre. The centre will be managed by the Picket Twenty Community Association after Test Valley Borough Council transferred responsibility of the new facility earlier this month.

The Community Association will be supported by the Council to carry out the day-to-day running of the centre to meet the needs of the community. A range of activities are already planned, with martial arts and a dance group already established. Many other groups, including a pre-school, will follow.

Ahead of the first activities at the centre, the Community Association received a cheque for £500 from the Test Valley borough councillors for St Mary’s ward which will help equip the facility.

Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “The Council, Picket Twenty Community Association and developer Persimmon Homes have been working together for many months now so we are pleased to finally be able to officially hand it over. The centre will be a valuable addition to the community at Picket Twenty and I am confident that residents will enjoy the variety of activities and events offered by the new management.” The centre replaces a temporary building that has housed small meetings and the Picket Twenty Community Worker since 2012. The site is growing fast as Pilgrims Cross Primary School opened last year and in the coming years will include a day nursery, retail store, sports pavilion and public house.

To find out what’s on and for details about hiring the hall, please visit www.ourpickettwenty.org.uk or email

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