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Broadwoodwidger Community Hub Opens

Broadwoodwidger Community Hub

The Community Hub project was born out of an inspired need for more care and contact in the village of Broadwoodwidger and the surrounding community. Various fund raising activities have taken place over recent times to help meet the overall £80,000 total cost of the project, and local Ward Councillor, Peter Watson, submitted an application for a Community Grant (from the pot available for the second year of Torridge's successful New Homes Bonus Grants Scheme) for the final £17,000 required to complete the project. This is in addition to the Council's £15,000 contribution for the refurbishment project in 2016/2017.

Councillor Watson said: "The project has provided a much needed venue and hub building for the Parish and village for the foreseeable future. The Community Grant monies were essential for the access to the building to be upgraded to allow for full disability access and for the repair and re-roofing of the toilet block to meet health and safety requirements. I would like to thank those other organisations and parishioners who have contributed to make the Community Hub possible, and I would especially like to thank those people who have volunteered their time to get the work done and to allow this great facility to open."

The Community Hub was officially opened last weekend by the Leader of Torridge District Council, Councillor Jane Whittaker, and John Worden, Chairman of the Broadwoodwidger Community Fund.

Councillor Whittaker said: "It was a great pleasure to officially open the Broadwoodwidger Community Hub which provides a wonderful and much needed facility to this remote rural community. The Council's New Homes Bonus Grants Scheme continues to be a great success and over the past 18 months Torridge Councillors have contributed to a diverse range of projects, providing much needed funding to help communities right across the district."

For more information on the NHB grant scheme visit www.torridge.gov.uk/communitygrants 

21 September 2017