It was great to see so many of you at our Cheese and Wine evening last month, and although many were not able to make it, we were very grateful to receive so many kind messages of support. Thank you again to John and Marianne Adey for hosting the evening and to Mark and Sue from the Post Office Cafe for looking after us so well and subsidising the food and wine. We were also delighted to be joined by members of the Palmer family who we were able to thank publicly for donating the field in the first place, because without them, there would be no project. We’ve had a busy summer and with the lease signed for Palmers Field, we’re now in the middle of the next stage of our project. For those who were there you’ll be aware of what we are doing, but here’s a quick recap for those who were not able to make it.
We’re delighted to have received initial drawings for a single multipurpose building. This was as a result of receiving use cases from all the stakeholders and working with our architects to produce the first set of drawings. We have now shown these to the stakeholders and over the next month, we’ll be having a series of meetings with them to get their feedback. We’ll then make any necessary revisions to the designs and show them to the parish council, our supporters and then the wider village.
Meanwhile thanks to an Awards4All grant we have engaged Alex Lambert to undertake a formal community consultation. Alex will be helping the Trustees and Core Team put together a comprehensive report that will be used to present to Aldbourne Parish Council, the wider village, core grant funders as well as those offering private donations. On the subject of funding, we’re starting to work on a series of events starting with an ARC Curry and Quiz night in February and lots more to come, so look out for details soon.
I’m delighted to say that we’ve had many new offers of help since we signed the lease and have already welcomed Mike Rodd and Chris Davis to our core team. We’re thrilled that they will be able to add their talents to what is already a very strong team. Whatever your talent and regardless of how little time you think you may be able to offer, we’d love to hear from you.
We are thrilled that Aldbourne Band came 9th in the British Open Brass Band Championships in Birmingham last Saturday. We are so lucky to have such an outstanding band in our village and how wonderful that they will hopefully be a part of our project with a fantastic rehearsal space. They rushed back to perform the last village Pond Concert on Saturday and here’s one of our core team members, Alan Watson, sharing the exciting news of their achievement.
We are so excited to be moving ahead and delighted with the current momentum of the project. We look forward to keeping you up to date every step of the way and as always if you have any questions or suggestions, please do get in touch with us at: info@ARC-Aldbourne.org.uk
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Malcolm Pryce, Chairman, Aldbourne Recreation Centre