Villagers unite for community plan

MHDE-03-01-12 HUB JAN05 (2)'Volunteers from the Tea Statiion, Station Road, Woodford Halse, are hoping to set up the ' Woodford Hub ', to offer community events and activities for the young and old.'Pictured are some of the volunteers and youngsters involved - Annie Winsland ( Owner - Tea Station ), Cheryl Tweedie & Lesley Courtney-Thompson ( Tea Station Staff & Volunteeers ), with Molly Martin ( 8 ), George Martin ( 11 ), Ellen Courtney-Thompson ( 13 ), Joe Courtney-Thompson '( 14 ) & Katy Young ( 10 )
MHDE-03-01-12 HUB JAN05 (2)'Volunteers from the Tea Statiion, Station Road, Woodford Halse, are hoping to set up the ' Woodford Hub ', to offer community events and activities for the young and old.'Pictured are some of the volunteers and youngsters involved - Annie Winsland ( Owner - Tea Station ), Cheryl Tweedie & Lesley Courtney-Thompson ( Tea Station Staff & Volunteeers ), with Molly Martin ( 8 ), George Martin ( 11 ), Ellen Courtney-Thompson ( 13 ), Joe Courtney-Thompson '( 14 ) & Katy Young ( 10 )
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VOLUNTEERS are joining forces in a bid to set up a community hub in their village.

The initiative is aimed at creating a place in Woodford Halse with activities and events provided by the community for the community.

The project is being led by Annie Winsland, who works at the Tea Station in the village, and Colin Bell.

Miss Winsland said: “What we’re trying to do is create a link between the different groups in the village.

“We have a SureStart group which caters well for young children and their parents.

“What we want to do is, during the daytime, put on events and activities for older people, and after school have things for children and young teenagers.

“Not only will it give them something to do, which can be a problem as Woodford is a bit of a way from any towns, but it will also hopefully get more people using the library’s services, and encourage cross-generational links.

“Young people in the village have had a bad name, but really almost all of them are good and involved in the community

“We’ve got volunteers lined up, and everyone wants it to happen. It’s just a matter of sorting out a venue.”

The group is looking at setting up the community hub in a room next to the village’s library.

The library was threatened with closure by Northamptonshire County Council last year, but the parish council and wider community stepped in to support the service and keep it running.

Miss Winsland said: “Ideally we want to use the library room, because then we’re supporting that village service.

“We’re currently talking to Woodford-cum-Membris Parish Council about hiring the room out. Hopefully the council is going to support us.

“If we can’t get that room there are other places in the village we can look at.

“We’re also keen to get some of the clubs and activities going. We’re going to get the holiday clubs up and running for the children, and there will be toddler reading sessions laid on as well.”