The Campus Development Board approved an Arts Policy to include promotion of the role of the arts in forward planning.
- An enhanced physical environment – by art on walls and sculpture in the landscape; beautiful planting; well designed furniture and signage; sympathetic colour schemes; good materials; architectural design and layout; beautiful places to walk, run, cycle and sit
- Increased wellbeing because art can – bring on a smile or frown; make you calm; positively arouse emotions; get people interested in new things; tap into unknown talents; involve those who are disengaged; be beautiful to look at or feel
- Community engagement across the generations, genders and abilities – working with schools and youth club to get young people designing and creating; elderly people expressing themselves; those who are excluded finding a voice; people finding a different focus to everyday life; beautiful new relationships formed
- Support for local art organisations and artists – building on the interest already shown by organisations such as Art Link and The Cut money will be sought to commission art pieces and group projects so creating beautiful art for the Campus
In the Skills Centre, evening classes in “Computing for the timid”, Digital photography, and Sugarcraft/cake decoration, began with good attendance.
Big January storms damaged the fencing around part of the Campus site. Thankfully, the Apollo youth club organisers took quick remedial action to help ensure safe access to their building. In February work squads from the Community Payback scheme removed the fencing and did substantial clean-up work on site.
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
Campus Trustees met with Apollo youth club leaders and agreed a new lease for the youth club premises. Town councillors accepted that they had issued wrong information about the Apollo youth club lease, and they published an apology and correction on the Town Council website. Halesworth Campus stated that it has been supportive of the youth club and its activities for several years, and will go on being so.
On 17 November 2017 a transport workshop brought together several organisations to discuss transport in the context of the integrated Halesworth Campus/Healthy Neighbourhood development. Campus trustees announced their intention to ensure green, flexible, accessible and affordable transport to and from and across the whole site. Walkways, seating and planting will be an important part of integrating the various elements that form the Healthy Neighbourhood development.
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.