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Cotford St Luke community centre plans given green light
A COMMUNITY centre which will ‘bring people together’ in Cotford St Luke has been given the green light.
Plans to build St Luke’s Centre, off Rogers Walk, were accepted by Taunton Deane officers and organisers are jumping for joy over the decision.
Project champion Anna Brindle said: “We are really pleased – it has taken a while with consultations in the village to see what people wanted but we have got the right balance now with this plan.
“Most villages already have a church and a community centre but without these things there is no community heart and we are trying really hard to put things in Cotford St Luke.”
Work is hoped to start in March 2015 and completed by September 2015 andthe £900,000 centre willbe mostly funded through grants and the regional arm of the Church of England.
But Anna hoped more residents would get behind the centre to help raise money from community events to help towards the cause.
The centre, which will be situated at the back of the Co-operative village shop and The Chapel pub, will consist of two small meeting rooms and a large hall which would be used for church services along with special community events.
There is also a dedicated openplan sanctuary space with easy access for people who need to pray, reflect or want a peaceful and safe place to go.
Organisers want the centre to act as a place for everyone – not just churchgoers – so people can gain experience volunteering, build community links and hold meetings and groups for families, young and old people.
The Rev Alison Norris said: “It has been two-and-a-half years in the planning so far so we are really excited and it feels like a lot of hard work and energy put in has taken us to the next step.
“We are restoring what churches are supposed to be which is the heart of the community and serving not only the spiritual needs of people but social and emotional needs too.”
If you would like to get involved, contact Anna on 01823-430038 or Alison on 01823-431567.
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