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Celebrations as keys for new community room handed to residents association

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Celebrations took place last week to mark the opening of the new community room at QEII Recreation Ground on Shelley Road, High Wycombe.

The new community room was built using an off-site manufactured building method, which allowed for a quicker build period than traditional bricks and mortar. Just over a month since the three modular units were craned into the Recreation Ground, the building is now complete and up and running.

Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Cllr Graham Peart said: “Communities are the beating heart of our towns and villages and a welcoming building to meet, talk and have fun is essential. This new facility incorporates an innovative use of modular units to create a new meeting place of great value to local residents that is far in excess of the initial investment in the facility. It will be a great asset for many years to come.”

Wycombe District Council has handed the building over to the Poets Corner Residents Association, which is responsible for the on-going management of the building, including taking bookings. They have been actively involved in championing the project to improve community facilities for the residents and worked with Wycombe District Council to develop the designs.

A ribbon cutting ceremony and handover of keys took place with trustees of the Residents Association, Wycombe District Council Cabinet members, the ward councillors for Abbey Ward as well as local residents.

Handing over the keys to the new building to the Poets Corner Residents Association, Cllr Tony Green, Chairman of High Wycombe Town Committee, said, “I am very happy that the High Wycombe Town Committee could allocate resources to enable this much needed community facility to be provided. Whereas most villages have their village halls, residents in the town often have no focus for community activities. We are working to increase the provision of facilities around the town and I am sure that this community room will be well used by the local residents. I would like thank the Poets Corner Residents Association for agreeing to manage the room.”

After the formalities were completed everyone was treated to tea and cake, with the opportunity to tour the new facilities. Alison Statham, Chair of the Poets Corner Residents Association expressed her thanks at the completion of the project. She said: “Poets Corner residents are delighted to have a wonderful new community hall and are very grateful to Wycombe District Council in providing such a much-needed facility.  Over the last few years we have organised a variety of successful events for friends and neighbours which has shown us how important it is to create a safe and enjoyable place to live.  Poets Corner community hall will no doubt help us develop and enhance our local community further. We are happy to receive enquiries and accept bookings for the new community room, and can be contacted by phone 03300 536 188 or email”