Stalls in Crewe’s Market Hall are getting a makeover this Christmas thanks to a project spearheaded by Cheshire East Council’s Crewe Local Area Partnership (LAP).
A range of volunteers are giving up their time to decorate stalls to create a new Crewe Community Hub and also a bright backdrop for a Christmas display.
South Cheshire College public services students have been painting the stalls this week and, from December 10, members of Crewe and Nantwich Senior Forum and young people in the Cheshire East Youth Engagement Team will be decorating them.
Crewe’s B&Q store has supplied paint and the decorations to be used were created by numerous local organisations (*see below).
It is hoped the Crewe Community Hub will provide a free promotions space for charities and community and voluntary organisations and encourage people to get involved in local events and to volunteer.
There are now opportunities for such organisations to book a space in the hub for the New Year.
Councillor Les Gilbert, Cabinet member in charge of communities and regulatory services, said: “It is wonderful to see so many organisations come together to volunteer and bring warmth and colour to our market halls.
“There is a need to energise unused market hall stalls and the intention is to create a sense of community, and offer a dedicated space for all age groups to improve local engagement.
“Once created, the hub will offer a great opportunity for organisations in Crewe, enabling them to be creative by holding fundraising events, engagement events, consultation or promotional displays.”
It will be officially opened by the Mayor of Crewe, and Cheshire East Councillor, Peggy Martin, in January 2013.
Notice boards in the hub will keep people informed of what is happening and how to get involved in community events and volunteering opportunities.
There will also be a designated area for young people, which was a priority for Crewe School Council members at a recent debate.
To book a space in the hub for the New Year, contact Dawn Clark, Crewe LAP manager, on 07970 533636 or Deb Lindop, local engagement officer, on 07736 694443.