In addition to the wide variety of community facilities to be provided at the Somerdale site, we will provide a number of contributions towards local amenities and infrastructure as part of the proposed development. These are likely to include contributions towards transport improvements, youth services and libraries and additional medical services. Construction of the new primary is now under way.
Community @ 67, a resource centre serving the people of Keynsham, has been named the winner of Taylor Wimpey Bristol’s ‘Community Chest’ initiative.
The leading local housebuilder launched the campaign in January, offering a £500 donation to a charitable organisation or community group which was deemed most deserving of the money by local people.
Nominations were invited for the funding and Community @ 67 was selected as the winner by a special panel of judges including local councillors and key local community groups.
“It’s fantastic for us to receive such a donation,” says Clare Hudson, chair of Community @ 67. “Two of our volunteers, Margaret Davis and Lorna Carwardine, nominated us for the prize and we’re delighted to have been chosen!”
Set up four years ago in Queens Road, Keynsham, Community @ 67 provides social and learning activities for local people of all ages including a job club, a book club, arts and crafts sessions and training courses in areas such as maths and IT skills, while it also runs a food co-operative where people can buy locally sourced fruit and vegetables. It also host Keynsham Town Community Radio.
The centre, in partnership with Curo, Bath & North East Somerset Council and Keynsham Town Council, is independent and run exclusively by volunteers.
“One of our volunteers likes to cook various meals with the vegetables, from the food co-op passing on cooking skills,” Clare says. “And in fact we’re going to spend the £500 donation on improving our kitchen facilities because we’d like provide a wider range of dishes. We’re going to buy new crockery, a mixer and lots of other items that will allow us to put on things like a Christmas lunch, which will be very nice.”
Charlie Joseph, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Bristol, says: “Our Community Chest initiative generated a lot of interest locally and we’re absolutely delighted to name Community @ 67 as the beneficiary of the funding.
“The centre provides essential services to local people seeking advice, information or training, and we hope the volunteers enjoy using their new kitchen facilities.
“We’d like to thank all the people who made nominations on behalf of the wealth of charitable organisations and community groups that are doing such valuable work in the Keynsham area.”