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Press notice – Big opening on 6 April for ‘Big Society’ community centre in Cambridgeshire


Big opening on 6 April for community centre in Cambridgeshire

Cottenham Community Centre is to have its official opening ceremony today, Wednesday 6 April. Converted from the former Methodist church, the Cottenham Community Centre (CCC) coffee shop is staffed by local volunteers and now provides a much-needed meeting place for villagers young and old.

Three plaques dedicated to founding Trustees are to be unveiled which were made by a local craftsman from the wood of the old pulpit. CCC has been supported by the Methodist Church and many local public organisations and businesses.

Eddie Murphy, Chair of the CCC Trustees, said:

“The Cottenham Community Centre coffee shop has been a fantastic success since we opened in February. It has been busy most days and the buzz has been fantastic. The official opening on 6 April is a chance to thank the many people who have contributed to the success of the venture, particularly the funders, the members and the volunteers. It is now a hive of activity and is fast becoming a hub for village life.”

Media is invited to send cameras and photographers.

Venue: Cottenham Community Centre (the old Methodist church), opposite the Co-operative. As there are no parking facilities on-site please call for advice on where to park.

Date: Wednesday 6 April
Time: 10.30 to 11.00

Press contacts: Adrian Ient 07795 630037 or Eddie Murphy 07966 404813

Notes to editors:

Cottenham Community Centre is a registered charity, with a mission to provide much needed social facilities in the heart of the village, accessible to all residents. The project to renovate and convert the Methodist Church started in September 2010 and the coffee shop opened on 9 February. The former Methodist Church building has been leased at a peppercorn rent for 50 years.

CCC is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm and offers free Wi-Fi. CCC is very grateful for the support of its many sponsors: The People’s Millions; Methodist Church UK; East Anglia Methodist Region; Cambridge Methodist Circuit; Donarbon Community Fund (managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation); South Cambridgeshire District Council Community Fund; Cottenham Parish Council; Garfield Weston Foundation; The Rank Foundation; Allchurches Trust.