A new community centre funded by Redrow Homes has opened in the village of South Cerney, Gloucestershire.
The Raymond Fenton Community Centre, known affectionately as “Fenton’s”, was officially opened for community use on Saturday March 18, with a buzzing launch event involving a variety of local groups and organisations.
Redrow contributed £1.2 million towards the construction of the centre, which promises to bring together local residents with its diverse schedule of group activities, Wi-Fi-equipped café and private meeting room.
The 400-square metre building was built as part of planning permission conditions for the new South Cerney housing development on the former CAMAS/Aggregate Industries site.
The community hall is dedicated to the life of Raymond Fenton, a man of South Cerney who amongst other civic contributions allowed his house to be used as “base” by many village organisations.
The monthly village “Cerney News” is still collated and folded on Raymond’s dining room table, whilst his lounge was used as a concert venue, as well as a committee meeting space.
“Raymond epitomised the South Cerney community spirit,” said Peter Jay, vice chair of Fenton’s management committee and friend of Raymond.
“This building will ensure that Raymond Fenton lives on in the hearts and minds of South Cerney residents.
“If you were lucky enough to know him, we hope that your visit will remind you of fond memories, and if you are a recent arrival may his legacy be that you have a pleasant visit.”
Kicking off with a ribbon-cutting by Raymond Fenton’s grandchildren, Saturday’s launch event brought together all the people of South Cerney.
Chair of the Parish Council Philip Nicholas spoke to visitors, alongside the Fenton’s committee that has been involved with the planning of the centre from its first phase in 2012.
The day was a fantastic opportunity for people to come and see the wonderful new facility in use, complete with Zumba, dance and cheerleading displays, and music from local group “Singing for Fun” and the Ann Edwards School Choir.
Gavin Hill, technical director of Redrow South West, said: “It was wonderful to see the local community come together for the opening of what promises to be a hub of village interaction.
“At Redrow we are committed not just to building houses but also thriving communities, and Fenton’s is a great focal point for the people of South Cerney.”
The centre is now proudly offering locals an array of regular activities, including Pilates, Zumba, cheerleading training and yoga classes for both adults and children.
Rhian Gardiner, facilities manager at Fenton’s, said: “We hope that you’ll find the centre to be a place where everyone feels welcome and can come together to dance, sing, relax, play and enjoy each other’s company.”
A full timetable of activities at Fenton’s can be found at the following link: http://www.southcerneyhalls.org.uk/activities
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1.4 billion turnover and building more than 4,700 homes in 2015/16 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk.