New Westfield Community Centre
Coronation Avenue, Yeovil
The Vision and Plans
St. Peters Hall has served Westfield estate since the 1960s, hosting everything from carnival clubs to youth clubs, pantomimes to community bingo. Set behind St. Peters church on Coronation Avenue, it is the only community hall on Westfield, an estate of 5,000 people.
In 2012 the hall was recommended for demolition, and has (at last count!) 15 serious faults. At the same time St. Peters church began working with Westfield Community Association and the District Council to begin planning and dreaming of a replacement hall.
Now in 2018 those dreams are becoming real. Working with a local architect, a replacement Community Centre has been designed to serve the Westfield area. The new St. Peters Community Centre will have 3 areas for hire instead of the present 1, plus an open plan foyer/community café area, improved storage, kitchen, toilets and disabled access.
As well as providing a home for the 15 regular groups which use the old hall, the new Centre will be a purpose-built venue for new community groups. It will also become a hub for community advice and support, with interest from Yarlington, CAB, Somerset Libraries and Sure Start in using the centre to serve the estate.
The Money Bit
The cost of the new centre will be £960,000! With the help of a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, and grants from South Somerset District Council, Yarlington, Yeovil Town Council,, Somerset Community Foundation and Yeovil Without Parish Council, we have raised £805,000. This includes money raised by the Church and Community Association, and contributions from local businesses such as Battens. We are grateful for all this support, it is vital in making the project a reality.
The new centre will be run by the Church and Community Association in partnership, and will be a great venue for hire, a base for support and advice in a needy community, and a local drop in which is open throughout the week.
In 2011 part of Westfield was identified as the most deprived area in South Somerset by the national census. We want to see that changed! Through St. Peters and the Community Association working together, our vision is
to provide a new centre for future generations that provides fun, friendship, support and advice. It will be a beacon and a beating heart for Westfield.
Can You Help?
We believe in Westfield, we hope you do too, and we’d love to hear your views and get your support.
To find out more: contact Rev David Keen (chair) firstname.lastname@example.org tel 422286
To make a donation, contact Frances Croxford (treasurer) email@example.com
To keep in touch on Facebook look for ‘New Westfield Community Centre’
The project team includes representatives from St. Peters Church, Westfield Community Association, SSDC and Yarlington. We are working with local architects Boon Brown, who designed the new village hall in Tintinhull amongst many other things.
Work in progress!