PLANS for a new community hub in Droitwich have won a grant of £120,000 from Wychavon District Council.

The grant follows a joint bid by Droitwich Town Council, Droitwich Means Business and Droitwich Spa High School for a share of the £3 million Wychavon Community Legacy Grant scheme.

The community hub, known as The Cabin, will host adult education programmes, community and family information meetings, as well as meetings and events staged by the police, social care, special needs groups, the health service and other local organisations.

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Paul Buckell, who runs The Centre, said: “We’re thrilled at this great funding news for an initiative that has been driven by the High School and supported by local business and the Town Council.

“The Cabin will be a natural extension of the work of The Centre as it will enable us to reach out to the community, beyond school, to encourage wider engagement with what we do here.

“This new community centre will have a positive impact for all residents of Droitwich and will be an excellent resource for the whole town.”

Mark Keld, town clerk at Droitwich Spa Town Council, said: “This is great news for everyone and testament to all the hard work, enthusiasm and diligence put in by so many people to initiate and progress the vision and project.”

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Matt Nicol, speaking on behalf of Droitwich Means Business, said: “We’re chuffed to bits by this great news and will now work together to raise the final £30,000 needed to start building The Cabin.”

The £120,000 grant towards the cost of The Cabin was recommended for approval by the Executive Board at Wychavon District Council when they met on March 18.

This leaves £30,000 to be raised by local businesses to complete the £150,000 needed to build the hub, which will be a stand-alone, wooden clad building to be used by whole community.

It will be located next to The Centre at Droitwich Spa High School, which already helps pupils engage with the wider community.

Droitwich Means Business is a local business group, co-founded and chaired by Matt Nicol, made up of a number of key business owners, local employers and business leaders formed with the purpose of putting Droitwich Spa back on the map and building a connected community.