Coastal Leisure Learning have recently announced their programme of courses for 2019/20 including a selection to be run at the Skills Centre, details of which can be found here.
Further to the previous updates provided in Halesworth Community News, Suffolk County Council recently decided they would not complete the lease agreement for the Skills Centre with Halesworth Campus but instead are proposing to offer direct tenancy to Suffolk New College.
We are very disappointed by this decision as we fear it may reduce potential use of the Skills Centre building by the wider community, but we will work constructively with Suffolk New College to try and make their tenancy work well for everybody.
At the same time we heard of the Council’s decision we were also informed by the National Lottery that our application for a grant of £10,000 to equip the Skills Centre with fibre broadband and WiFi had been successful. Regrettably we had to decline the grant as the terms of our application were no longer consistent with what the Council are proposing.
The Trustees of Halesworth Campus regret that Hilary Garner has decided to step down from the board due to conflicting priorities. We would like to express our gratitude for all she has done on our behalf and wish her well in her other ventures.
We are keen to fill this vacancy, especially with someone who can bring Communication or PR skills. If you are interested, or if you’d like to find out more about what the role entails, please contact Joyce Moseley (email@example.com).
The Campus is hosting another season of Touch Rugby during June and July. Our thanks to Southwold Rugby Club for bringing this popular activity to Halesworth.
During the summer holiday activities for children are being run at The Campus by Go Geronimo again this year. There will be five sessions, on Wednesdays from 10am till 1.00pm, starting on July 31st.
The two tennis courts on The Campus are available for use all through the summer, free of charge! Booking is through the ‘contact’ page on this website.
To round up the summer we are hoping that Stocks Funfair will be setting up on The Campus for week commencing 23rd September. Residents will remember that the funfair was based in Angel Link carpark for many years, but has recently been absent. Watch this space!!
At the end of January, the Trustees of Halesworth Campus and our partners held a public exhibition at Halesworth Library to showcase the latest proposals for the development of the Campus site (on the corner of Norwich Road and Harrisons Lane). Representatives from Sentinel Leisure Trust, Castlemeadow Care and Construction Training Specialists, together with the Trustees, hosted a steady trickle of visitors.
We are very excited about the project and the positive impact it will have on the town, and it is important to us to get the views of the people who live here. The exhibition was a great success and we had a lot of supportive comments. People were interested and engaged and asked a lot of questions!
The outdoor tennis courts close to the Apollo youth club building on the Campus are ready for free use from the start of August. Youth club members will be able to use the courts on club evenings, and a number of racquets and tennis balls will be made available.
At other times the courts will be unlocked and available for free use according to demand. The main gate to the site is from Harrisons Lane, and this is unlocked at certain times. However there is pedestrian access via the gate on Bungay Road and the footpath. Please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in using the courts, and watch for further notices of opening times. We are keen for people to have fun playing tennis, and get in lots of practice.
Campus trustees ask simply that you respect the facilities and other court users. Please take any litter home with you, or use the litter bins outside the Apollo building.
As usual the Campus will be hosting tag rugby for all ages on the grass pitches on Monday evenings.
On 4 July, the first meeting of the Campus Arts Advisory Group was held. This is made up of people involved in the arts locally, and representatives from several arts-related organisations. Drawing on their expertise, knowledge and imagination, the Campus aims to ensure that the new facilities are designed in the best possible way to create a pleasing and stimulating environment. This includes the quality of materials used in construction, and the creation of walkways, seating, planting and siting of art works across the Heathy Neighbourhood area.
The Halesworth Campus Development Board continues to meet regularly to coordinate efforts and advance the overall Campus project. The board brings together representatives of Sentinel Leisure Trust, CTS, Castlemeadow Care, Pulse Fitness, Halesworth Health, and Halesworth Volunteer Centre. It is chaired by Edward Hare, an independent chairperson who has experience of other major partnership projects. Two working groups support the Development Board:
- The Property Group co-ordinates all property matters – including sales, leases, planning & design, the build phases.
- The Operations Group co-ordinates all operational matters – including publicity, volunteering, transport and public/community art
At this exciting time of development in the Campus Project, we are looking to strengthen the board of Halesworth Campus with two or three new trustees. As a volunteer, you will need to have time and a real commitment to the objectives of the charity Halesworth Campus. We would welcome especially individuals with skills in fund raising, administration, communication and knowledge of sports development. To express an interest and receive further details, including job description and person specification, email email@example.com.
On 6 May a joint public exhibition was held at Halesworth Library. On display were the plans for sport and fitness facilities on Halesworth Campus, and the health and care facilities to be built on Dairy Hill. It was a chance for people to see the site plans, building elevations and timelines covering all aspects of the project. They could also talk to trustees of HCL, HPFA, and Halesworth Health, and to the leaders of Castlemeadow Care, the company planning to develop the new health facilities. 170 people attended, including the two local MPs. Feedback from those attending the exhibition was overwhelmingly positive.