Lymington Community Association announce exciting new plans

Lymington Community Centre unveils £1.5m plans

 

Ambitious plans to upgrade Lymington Community Centre and bring it into the 21st century have been unveiled for consultation. Entitled 20:20 Vision, the project is expected to cost £1.5 million and take at least five years to complete.

 

Funding has already been secured for the first phase of the development project which will focus on the Malt Hall, the Centre’s film and theatre venue. Work is scheduled to start in November and be completed by the end of the year.

 

To officially launch 20:20 Vision, a week-long exhibition opened in the Centre’s Fuller McLellan Hall on Monday (22 September).

On show were architect’s plans and artist’s impressions of the new-look Community Centre – complemented by a display showing the difficulties and costs of maintaining and heating the current buildings plus a video explaining the rationale behind 20:20 Vision.

 

To underline the value of the Centre to generations of people in and around Lymington, the exhibition began by telling its story from 1948. Coming up-to-date, there were displays by user groups including the pre-school, theatregoers, the Lymington Players, the Film Society and Brockenhurst College. Visitors to the exhibition were even invited to have a game of short mat bowls, one of the many sporting activities enjoyed on the Cannon Street site. “We were delighted to be able to invite everyone with an interest in the Community Centre to drop into our exhibition and give us their feedback on our plans,” said Pete Wagstaffe, acting chairman of the Lymington Community Association board of trustees. “Now we face the challenge of raising £1.5 million. It’s an ambitious target but we believe this project is vital to ensuring the Community Centre continues to exist for future generations and to offer a place for people of all ages (in Lymington, Pennington and further afield) to enjoy their leisure time together, learn new skills and make friends.”

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