Bringing services for Sawtry residents together under one roof

The newly refurbished Sawtry Community Centre will be opening its doors on Saturday 21 July (10am-2pm) at their grand opening event.

In spring 2017 a decision was made at Cambridgeshire County Council’s Assets and Investments committee to allocate funding towards the ‘revitalisation’ project of the centre, then known as ‘Sawtry Youth Centre’, which was supported by local Councillor Simon Bywater.

After many months of preparation and construction the centre has become a new home to services including the relocated Sawtry Library, Sawtry Child and Family Zone, and District Early Help Team, along with local community groups who will be using the building.

On Saturday the opening event will start with a ribbon cutting followed by a short ceremony awarding certificates to winners and participants of the Sawtry Community Centre Design Competition. The competition involved local schools and young people designing an image of what they feel the Sawtry community represents. All design entries will be displayed on the day.

Services have been busy over the last few weeks packing and setting up in the new building. Service locations may have changed, but well-loved community features still exist including the library’s ‘fire engine’ which has been given a makeover by the local community.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of Children and Young People’s Committee and local Councillor for Sawtry, Simon Bywater said: “I’m delighted to open the new Sawtry Community Centre which will bring us even closer as a community and provide a space for services and local groups to come and work together.

“I am looking forward to the event this Saturday, getting involved with all the exciting activities, meeting residents and all the talented participants of the design competition – let’s hope the sun stays shinning for us.”

You can catch all the services and some community groups at the open day where there will be stalls, games, activities and a tasty BBQ for everyone to enjoy.

Assets and Investments committee paper May 2017:

Sawtry Library: The Library re-located from Sawtry Village Academy, Fen Lane PE28 5TQ on Wednesday 11 July. The library offers a fresh new look in a more central village location, providing many opportunities to work more closely and collaboratively with local groups and partners enabling us to deliver the Libraries First Agenda. The new library hosts a wide range of stock, services and activities for all and many volunteering opportunities. It has already seen hundreds of visitors and hosted its first Rhymetime event.

Sawtry Child and Family Zone:The building will house the Sawtry Child and Family Zone which moved from Middlefield Road, Sawtry, Huntingdon, PE28 5SH. Our redesigned Child and Family Centre services better meet the needs of our growing and rural county with activities and events taking place in a range of new locations across the county and an extended focus on families with children of all ages offering groups, events, activities, courses and support for families across the county. As well as our network of Child and Family Centres and Zones we offer outreach groups, events and activities in libraries, churches and other community buildings in towns and villages across the county.

Other building user groups:

  • CARESCO – Men’s Shed and Sewing and Craft group
  • Kimbles ‘out of school’ facility
  • Scouts
  • Sawtry History Society
  • Sawtry Youth Club

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