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Wisbech Community Hub officially opens its doors

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Described as part heritage centre, part shop and part support centre the new Wisbech Community Hub officially opened its doors this week.

Representatives from various local organisations attended the open evening, which was also attended by Cambridgeshire Mayor Dr Nik Johnson.

The aim of the hub is provide a focal point where people can go and find out what is on offer within the community from all the groups and organisations based in the town such as the Lions.

Opening of the Wisbech Community Hub at Etcetera. (51328405)
Opening of the Wisbech Community Hub at Etcetera. (51328405)

It will sit alongside the town's museums and will host exhibitions led by local people.

The tourist information centre, which is already well established in the hub, which is located in the Etcetera premises, will continue to point visitors to the many attractions, amenities and facilities Wisbech and the wider area has to offer.

The shop area will provide space for independent retailers, artists and makers to sell their work and volunteer to help support the Hub.

Support will also be provided for those who want to work in the third sector, start up a cultural organisation, or work for themselves in a creative field.

The Studio will be for lease to community organisations who support others, and to individuals or groups of people who would enjoy some space to be creative and share their skills.

Lorena Hodgson, of Red Barn Creative, who outlined the hub's aims also said the hope was to promote eco-shopping and to take part in national events that bring people together such as the Heritage Open Days.

She added a tribute to Etcetera owners Ray and Jan Wicks who have offered the hub a home.

Lorena said it was a culmination of an ambition dreamed up by her and Carl Suckling sometime ago and would not have been possible with Ray and Jan's support.

And she added: "I hope Mayor Dr Nik Johnson agrees we are the embodiment of his three Cs - Co-operation, community and compassion, with added, culture, commitment and connections.

Mayor Dr Johnson was shown around the hub located at 7 York Row and is open Mondays to Fridays 10am to 3pm.

You can contact the community hub on 07383 823119 or email: fb@etceteracommunityhub.org.uk.

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