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Timeline News during the build until completion in November 2013

5th November 2013


Final weeks of the build

Handover of the build still on target for 29th November

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15th October 2013

Good progress. Now due for handover on the 29th November

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2nd September 2013


The centre has been named The Beeches


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5th August 2013


Good progress but now a slight delay.

Handover now planned for 29th November 2013

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16th July 2013

The report from our latest site meeting held on 16th July:

Good progress with some of the delay now recovered. Still on target.

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18th June 2013

Good progress with only a slight delay

that can be recovered now that work has started on the internal block work

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13th May 2013





Good progress only a slight delay

that can be recovered when work starts on the internal block work


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16th April 2013


Progress is good with only a small delay due to weather when putting up the steel work.

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19th March 2013

Construction progressing well only minor delay due to weather.

Steel work now being erected.


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March 2013 NEWS


KEY DATES

Contractors start on site 28th January 2013


End of hall events


Junior Disco 20th April 5.30pm - 7.30pm Tickets £2

Limited Squash

  

Tea Dance 27th April  2pm - 5pm   Tickets £5

Refreshments ( by WI )

Guest Organist Nicholas Martin


Adult Party 27th April    8pm - 11.45pm  Tickets £5

Fully Staffed Bar


All tickets are now available from


 CLIVE PATTERSON 01638 780669 / 07771 830336

patterson.clive@gmail.com , Alison Oliver 07772 469174,

Craig Boneham 07789 930171, Mark Goldsack 01638 780350


Village Hall Demolition due to start 24th June 2013

Planned 44 Week Build ends 15th November 2013

Dates may change due to weather etc

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Informer April 2013


Building on firm Foundations


With the weather holding out this update on the Community Centre sees steady progress on the build.


During January the highways entrance was rebuilt (by C J Murfitts) to meet regulations and enable a sound access to the site.

Finishing off January and into February saw removal of the turf and topsoil to make way for hardcore which now forms access to the building site. The site office and other portakabins were also placed onsite allowing the contractors to establish their operations centre.

Continuing into March and with the weather holding out, good progress was made in laying the concrete foundations. All seems to be on track - our monthly site progress meeting saw reports of 8% completion which meets our current timescales.


March saw the completion of the foundations and the start of the erection of the steelwork. There was also a press announcement in the Journal praising the 6 years of hard work and thanks to the major grant providers for their support.


There is still a lot to do and work continues in the background, this includes continued monitoring of the build progress, further fund raising, grant seeking, and management infrastructure such as Centre working documents.

A Facebook page has also been set up to track progress of the build.  This incorporates a timeline with many old photographs of events from the old village hall as we don't want to forget the good times that have been had.


Some time back a decision was made by the ICA to arrange an event to remember the many years of service the old village hall has given the village. It was felt that all age groups should have a chance to celebrate the old village hall. This has culminated in four events being planned for the last two Saturdays in April.


The events are:


20th April 5.30-7.30pm - Children’s Disco

Primary School ages children, up to 12yrs

£2 entry, including unlimited squash and a packet of crisps


20th April 8-11pm – Teenage Disco (under 18’s)

£3 entry - Soft drinks will be available (no alcohol)       Cancelled


27th April 2-5pm – Tea Dance with Live Music by organist Nicholas Martin

Tickets £5 - refreshments (by the WI) and a draw


27th April 8-11.45pm – 18+ Adult party with live band ‘The B4’s’

Tickets £5


Tickets can be bought via Facebook or contacting any of the following organisers:

Alison Oliver 01638 781232    alison-oliver@hotmail.co.uk

Craig Boneham 07789 930171    Kirstyboneham968@btinternet.com

Clive Patterson 01638 780669/07771830336    patterson.clive@gmail.com

Mark Goldsack 01638 780350     mgelyvate@aol.co.uk


Details can also be found on the Facebook pages (just search for Isleham hall).


If you run or belong to a local organisation that will be using the Centre when completed and you want to have an input into the Centre's facilities, now is the time to get involved. We are as always looking for any additional help, so if you are willing to put yourself forward for possible inclusion in any aspect of Centre management, fund raising or grant seeking please contact Mark Goldsack 01638 780350, or the Parish Clerk 01638 781687 for an informal, no obligations discussion.


Watch this space, Facebook or the village website www.isleham-village.co.uk for details of fund raising, progress etc.

  

I'll sign off now wishing you all the best.


Clive Patterson for the Parish Council/ICA Management Committee



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18th February 2013

Project Progress

All on track


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Informer February 2013


Community Centre:- A Quiet Time.


Hoping that everyone had a Happy Christmas and best wishes for a Healthy New Year.


This article sees the start of a very busy year ahead.


With the completion of the work by the archaeologists we now have a large hole on the site of the new centre. There were no significant finds from the archaeological dig but this did cause a slight problem in that some of the site is nearly double the planned depth.

Work has been progressing behind the scenes to resolve the extra engineering on the foundations thrown up by the archaeological dig and as this article goes to press it should have been resolved and the builders should have moved on site.


The weather has certainly been against us. This and other factors beyond our control (Christmas holidays etc) has resulted in the decision being made to postpone the start of the actual build until late January with a November completion target.


On the 8th December Jill Aspland performed the ground breaking ceremony. Pictures & further details should be in the next Informer as well as the local press. This will also coincide with the full press release as required by some of the grant providers.


A substantial saving was made with the help of all the volunteers that assisted in the digging and removal of the soil from the site.  Our thanks go to them and to all of you affected for your patience whilst the work went on. Apologies for any mess created but we did try to keep it to a minimum.


Please take note that the fenced off area is now an official building site and as such is out of bounds unless authorised.


We are, as always, looking for any additional help, so if you are willing to put yourself forward for possible inclusion in any aspect of centre management, fund raising or grant seeking please contact Mark Goldsack 01638 780350 or the Parish Clerk 01638 781687 for an informal, no obligations discussion.


Watch this space, Facebook or the village website www.isleham-village.co.uk for details of fund raising, progress etc..

  

I'll sign off now wishing you all the best for the year ahead.


Clive Patterson For the Parish Council/ICA Management Committee


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Informer December 2012

YOUR NEW COMMUNITY CENTRE

HAS BECOME A REALITY

All systems go!

Finally, after 6 years’ hard work by many people, and now that all funding is in place, at the November meeting, the Parish Council gave the green light for the Community Centre project to proceed.

This decision is quite momentous, not least given that our ageing village hall and sports pavilion, both of which have served the village very well over many years, will be demolished at some stage during the Centre construction process.

But, looking to the future, these:













Will be replaced by this:




















We now need to press on quickly with the build, in part to ensure compliance with the rules laid down by some of the grant providers. When you read this some of the topsoil should have been removed and the archaeologists should then be on site for 2–3 weeks for their investigations.

Given no significant delays we hope the appointed contractors (C.J. Murfitt Ltd) will be able to commence the build in December, after the site has been fenced off.

A ground breaking ceremony has been planned for 8th December at 11am to mark the start of the build – please come along if you are able.

There will no doubt be disruptions during the ensuing months and we ask you all to be patient and bear with us – the end result will be well worth it. The build is planned to take about 42 weeks, weather and other possible factors permitting. The village owes gratitude to all of those involved in this project, having obtained over £360,000 worth of grants and £20,000 raised by our fundraisers. Our assessment, however, is that we have still only reached the end of the beginning. There is still much to be done in terms of equipping and organising the smooth running of the Centre.


There will be ongoing grant and fundraising ahead and with this in mind we are, as always, looking for additional help, so if you are willing to help with any of these then please contact Mark Goldsack (780350) or Diane Bayliss, the Parish Clerk (781687) for an informal, no obligations chat.

A farewell to the Village Hall party is being planned for early 2013 (watch this space).

The football and cricket clubs have not been forgotten, with plans in hand to provide temporary facilities for when the pavilion is demolished.

Watch this space, Facebook or the village website www.isleham-village.co.uk for details of progress and the latest news.

We’ll sign off now and wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.

 The reality of a new, multi-purpose Community Centre leaves us with much to look forward to.

Clive Patterson / Philip Aspland

For the Parish Council / ICA Management Committee.


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Isleham Community Centre one of the busiest and best months to date?

Isleham Informer October 2012


Two months of progress behind the scenes


This update comes to you whilst I am sitting by the poolside in Italy enjoying the sunshine, tasty food and excellent vino, not forgetting great hospitality so I shall keep it short.

After the very wet Gala Day and the concern over the state of the recreation ground, the groundsman Ray Sheldrick together with the help of some of the local clubs are getting the ground back to a very reasonable condition. With the acceptance of the two major grant applications announced in the last Informer and another awaiting confirmation we are still on a positive trend.

Since the last  Informer the ICA and the Parish Council have been hard at work trying to keep the build on track. One minor set back has been with the archaeologists wanting to investigate the whole building foot-print. Whilst this could have caused severe delays to the start of the build it wasn’t as bad as expected. However, the proposed excavation has raised a few other problems; these have been taken on by the team who have come up with excellent ideas to help keep the build on track with only a minor delay to the start. Taking these into account it would now look like a October/November start by our main contractor, but please keep in mind there are a lot of factors that can affect this date.

The legal issues relating to the management of the new centre have resulted in the Parish Council and ICA management committee creating a lease for the centre and the formation of a management company with Parish Councillors, ICA, user-group members and trustees.

Once again as a reminder we are, as always, looking for additional help, so if you are willing to put yourself forward for possible inclusion in any aspect of centre management please contact Mark Goldsack or the Parish Clerk for an informal, no obligations discussion.

Watch this space, Facebook or the village website www.isleham-village.co.uk for details of progress.

The ICA now has a section within the Isleham village website (www.isleham-village.co.uk) and we shall be adding the latest news regarding fund raising & progress reports.


Anyone interested in assisting with fund-raising or grant seeking for the new Centre please contact the parish clerk Mrs Diane Bayliss on 01638 781687 or Mark Goldsack on 01638 780350


I’ll sign off now finish my drink and take a quick dip.


Clive Patterson for the Parish Council/ICA

Management Committee

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Isleham Informer August 2012


Isleham Community Centre:- One of the busiest & best months to date?


Whilst the weather has been shocking the progress made by the ICA & Parish Council since the last Informer has been terrific with the result that we are currently still on track for an autumn build start. Firstly we received the fantastic news that we have been successful with two major grant applications. The Football Foundation have agreed, subject to our formal acceptance of standard terms & conditions, to a grant of £152,000. This was closely followed by the news that we have also been awarded £50,000 by Sports England. The level of grant funding being applied for would not have been available to simply repair the existing buildings. This means that on the monetary count we are on track. Given further successful further fund raising, donations and grants we hope to be able to instruct our main contractor to commence the build in September.


It probably came as a shock to all of you (it certainly was for me) to see the size of the archaeological dig the Oxford Archaeology team carried out during May, with quite a few large trenches spread over the build site, but all was restored to a reasonable finish within 3 - 4 days. Sorry no treasure was found so we are still in need of the grants & donations.  The archaeologists may make further investigations when the footings are being dug.


The soil surveys to test drainage & foundation requirements also took place during May with very little disruption. They seemed to be on site & finished very quickly.


Where we are is just the end of the beginning and not the beginning of the end! All the legal issues relating to the management of the new centre are being considered jointly by the Parish Council & ICA management committee. We are, as always, looking for additional help so if you are willing to put yourself forward, for possible inclusion in any any aspect of centre management please contact Mark Goldsack for an informal, no obligations discussion.


The busy period of activity then concluded with the 3rd, and most successful to date, Festival weekend. The weather did its' very best to dampen spirits but Isleham folk are much stronger than that! On Thursday 5th we held the second Isleham's Got Talent evening, which proved to be another very special night. Wonderful singing, dancing and gymnastic displays graced the superbly decorated marquee, before an audience of over 220 people. Those taking part ranged from 7 years old through to 10 times that age, but all were rewarded with massive appreciation from the audience, and this year with some extremely complimentary comments from our Panto Crew, who not only acted as Guest judges but also put on some great performances.


Friday evening saw the largest Ball to date with 250 diners enjoying a well prepared 4 course meal. The Other Commitments dance band and a 5 table charity casino then commenced to take everyone into the happiest of party nights, but not before attendees had dug deep to raises funds via an interactive heads and tails game, and a charity auction. At time of press we can not announce the profits from the event but it is fair to say these will further cement the overall 'on track' position.


Finally, on Saturday, after the rain soaked Gala Day, we held our annual Family party. Sold out again with 300 guests ranging from a few days old to great Grand-parents, the emphasis was on family and fun. 3d Events disco led the way but, to be fair, again the stars were the children who danced all night, dragging parents and grandparents to the dance floor to participate. With a Hog Roast and chips available the night was another resounding success.


When we viewed the wonderful recreation field on Sunday morning it had taken quite a battering but we are delighted that the Parish Council and staff have managed to do such a marvellous recovery job to return it to being one of the best in East Anglia. As for the ICA, we have further events planned for the next 12 months, including a farewell to the village hall party, and hopefully a Sportsmans Dinner. Watch this space, Facebook or the village website www.isleham-village.co.uk for details.


Finally, we would like to thank our grant seekers, everyone that attended any or all the events, and those people who kindly donated gifts and prizes for draws and auctions. However, we would particularly like to thank everyone that helped with the events from start to finish. Unsung volunteers are always the hardest to find but whilst we would always like a few more, to everyone that did something this year a huge thank you from the ICA. The Fund-raising committee is small and could do with additional help, and as stated above we need willing volunteers for many aspects from maintenance to administration, HR to Legal, and even organising to litter picking! Please do step forward and be part of the success that will be for years to come, the Isleham's Community Centre.


The ICA website (www.islehamca.co.uk) is now part of the Isleham village website (www.isleham-village.co.uk) and we shall be adding the latest news regarding fund raising & progress reports. Photographs from the weekend will also be on the website.

  

Anyone interested in assisting with fund-raising or grant seeking for the new Centre please contact the parish clerk Mrs Diane Bayliss on 01638 781687 or Mark Goldsack on 01638 780350


Clive Patterson For the Parish Council/ICA Management Committee

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Isleham Informer June 2012


Another Major Step towards the start of the build!


We have now received approval for the public works loan and the section 106 monies £87,752 have also been approved; these 2 funds give a significant boost to the total needed for the build.

Total funds raised to date stand at over £1.2M which is well on the way to the £1.4m target cost.


To save money on the initial tender prices the Parish Council/ICA QS & architect worked on the plans; there are no significant changes to the footprint of the building. Most savings were made reducing paving, by specifying different materials, alternative finishes to some internal walls & removing some of the fancy bits internally.


Following the public meeting held in January, we hope that everyone is aware that the tender process has now finished, with the preferred builder being CJ Murfitts. We are now working with CJ Murfitts finalising minor points of the build.


With the tender process complete and a huge amount of time & effort from the grant seeking team (led by Tim Washtell), they have now been able to submit three major grant applications. Grant seeking is an on going process & will continue even when building has started.


Oxford Archaeology are looking to commence site investigations week commencing the 14th May for one week, so as you read this the archaeological surveys should have been completed. Whilst the expected start date at present is September 2012 this may change if the archaeologists find buried treasure or similar. Mind you if treasure is found it may pay for some or all of the new centre!


If there are no hold ups in the build it is hoped the centre will be open by the Spring/Summer of 2013. Oakley's will be carrying out the ground investigations and are likely to start these at the end of May (Exact dates tbc). So don't be concerned if you notice people digging holes in the area of the new build.


The village hall is still planned to be demolished 20 weeks before the end of the project (40 week build time) to allow for essential services to be routed through to the new centre avoiding the tree roots. The exact date of closure will be announced when a firm date has been agreed for the start of the build. Local groups have been notified of the hall closure & many are already in the process of making temporary alternative arrangements.


The ICA website www.islehamca.co.uk is now being incorporated in the Isleham-village website www.isleham-village.co.uk where we are adding to the information provided.  

Anyone interested in  assisting with fund-raising or grant seeking for the new Centre please contact the parish clerk Mrs Diane Bayliss on 01638 781687.  


Clive Patterson

For the Parish Council/ICA Management Committee

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