Crowds Celebrate Community Hub Re-opening

The plaque unveiled by The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE

Concern Wadebridge was full to bursting for its official relaunch at the beginning of October. 

The charity, which is based in The John Betjeman Centre on southern Way, was celebrating the re-opening of the building following a £450,000 refurbishment. 

The building, which includes part of the former Railway station in Southern Way, has had extensive roof repairs and complete restoration of the railway canopy and inside of the building has been transformed to accommodate new toilets, a modern kitchen and a community café. 

Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall Colonel Edward Bolitho, OBE lead the ceremonies by unveiling a new plaque to mark the reopening. He said: “It was a real privilege to open the refurbished centre and to follow in the distinguished footsteps of Lady Falmouth. 

“It was such a pleasure to meet your army of volunteers and to hear of the variety of work that they doThat, combined with the range of uses the centre is put to shows me just how important Concern Wadebridge isIn particular all that it does to the foster the spirit of community is of the highest value, I think this is such a key part of life down here.” 

Concern Wadebridge supports people over 50 and or have a disability but the centre and its facilities are open to everyone to use. 

It hosts daily a variety of classes and activities and the rooms are available for hire for everything from charity events to children’s birthday parties and will soon be holding its first wedding reception!

Alan Weeks ( Chairman of the John Betjeman Centre) gives his vote of thanks

Concern Wadebridge Chairman Alan Weeks said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to show off our new facilities, it has been a vision we have had for many years and I am very proud of the end results. 

“Our team works hard to provide facilities and care for people in the community by providing a welcome place to come to have a cup of tea and take part in a variety of activities. We rely on a large team of volunteers who give their free time to help us achieve so much for the community, without them this place would not exist 

The momentous occasion was witnessed by dozens of visitors, volunteers, trustees, local and Country dignitaries including The High Sheriff of Cornwall Paul Young-Jamieson and his wife ClaireNorth Cornwall MP Scott Mann, Chief Executive of Cornwall Hospice Care Paul Brinsley and Wadebridge Town Mayor Philip Mitchell amongst others. 

Councillor Mitchell said: “I was delighted to attend the opening Concern Wadebridge’s new community hub. It was fantastic to see so many people using the facilities and in future we hope that the Town Council will be able to work together with all the volunteer groups in Wadebridge and to help build a stronger community.” 

Visitors were treated to a cream tea and had the opportunity to look around the new facilities and speak to suppliers and a variety of local community groups who held displays on the day including Tesco, Unique Mobility, Cornwall Hospice Care, Age UK, GM Coachwork and Wadebridge Kitchens. 

During the event The High Sheriff of Cornwall Paul Young-Jamieson and his wife Claire kindly donated a mobility scooter, which will be added to the fleet for people to hire. 

Manager Andy Lyle said: “After 7 years of planning we were delighted to open the refurbished centre. The centre is a community hub run by the community for the community and the turn out showed how much the community embraced all that is achieved through the many services. 

Also on this day the new community kitchen was assessed by Cornwall Environmental Health and we are so pleased it was awarded a five star! 

“All in all the centre is up and running, supported by the volunteers in making such a difference to our community and to people’s lives. It is a centre that all can be proud of. 

To find out more about Concern Wadebridge, the activities, trips, or to volunteer please call Andy or Emma on 01208 812392.