Cel­e­bra­tion as cen­tre re­opens

£350k re­vamp at com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A YIEWSLEY com­mu­nity cen­tre was due to re­open this week fol­low­ing a £350k up­grade.

The Bishop of Willes­den, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent ( pic­tured), was due to re-open the St Matthew’s Church Cen­tre in High Street, on Tues­day (July 21) at 11.30am as the Gazette went to press.

Work started last Au­gust on an ex­ten­sion and over­haul of the hall’s fea­tures and fa­cil­i­ties.

Im­prove­ments in­clude a new kitchen, im­proved dis­abled ac­cess, new floors and light­ing, stor­age space and an of­fice, as well as ‘play walls’ for pupils at St Matthew’s School when they visit.

In plan­ning the work, the Church Coun­cil con­sulted with ex­ist­ing users, coun­cil­lors, and St Matthew’s School staff, gover­nors and pupils about what im­prove­ments they would like.

Rev­erend Richard Young said: “This is the re­al­i­sa­tion of a vi­sion go­ing back more than 20 years to trans­form our build­ing into a beau­ti­ful, flex­i­ble space able to serve our lo­cal com­mu­nity for many years to come.

“We are very proud of what has been achieved and very grate­ful to all the or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who have sup­ported us. This will be a time of cel­e­bra­tion.”

The pro­ject was led by St Matthew’s Church, Yiewsley, and ben­e­fited from a £95k Hilling­don Com­mu­nity Trust grant as well as £40k from The Ve­o­lia En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust (via the Land­fill Com­mu­ni­ties Fund). The Dio­cese of Lon­don Willes­den Area Coun­cil gave £15k and Garfield We­ston Foun­da­tion and St Matthew’s School each con­trib­uted £10k.

The Bishop of Willes­den said: “I am de­lighted that this ex­cit­ing pro­ject has come to fruition.

“It shows how things can be trans­formed and how much can be achieved when peo­ple share a vi­sion and work to­gether.”

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