Marshland St James new community centre hinges on Lottery grant

Marshland St James committee behind plan to create a new community centreFLtoR Stephaine Reeve. Lorriane Boyce. Colin Thompson. Lee Chapman. Martin Peckitt. Brian Long. Joseph Gowler. ANL-150305-123039009
Marshland St James committee behind plan to create a new community centreFLtoR Stephaine Reeve. Lorriane Boyce. Colin Thompson. Lee Chapman. Martin Peckitt. Brian Long. Joseph Gowler. ANL-150305-123039009

West Norfolk villagers hoping to build a new community centre will soon be learning if the plans will be receiving Lottery funding.

The Marshland St James and District Community Centre committee are looking to create a £750,000 hall with a shop and cafe on the village’s playing field.

The current hall and pavilion buildings are coming to the end of their lives so there are hopes to create a hub for residents.

Members of the committee have applied to the Big Lottery Fund for £500,000 and are due to learn next Tuesday, May 12, if their bid has made it through to the next stage.

Trustee Martin Peckitt said: “To be at this stage is incredibly exciting. The committee has put a lot of hard work into the project and the interest we’ve had from residents has been amazing.

“If we make it through to the stage two, the Big Lottery fund will release funds that will allow us to progress the project through to the next stage.

“This project will provide services that will replace the things we have lost in the village over the years.”

A main hall with a stage along with a smaller room for meetings are proposed to be included in the new building.

The committee wants to include a shop and small cafe area within the new hall to help villagers.

Changing rooms up to Football Association standard along with hopes of refreshing the pitches on the site are also planned.

There are also hopes to create a youth club.