St Nicholas' Church Youth Hub
church and community together for young people
On Sunday February 24 2019 at 10.45am, as part of the Scouts and Guides Thinking Day/Founders Day celebrations, the Right Reverend Doctor David Court, Bishop of Grimsby will be visiting Haxey to officially open the Youth Hub.
Following some minor delays in completing the purchase and getting the plans approved work is now continuing apace and progressing well. We are now scheduled to be completed in the autumn.
We are pleased to announce that we have recently received support from North Lincolnshire Council in the form of a Community Grant. We are extremely grateful for their recognition and support for this great community project.
We have announced plans to create a new £250,000 youth hub in the village. The project will see the church affiliated Scouting and Girlguiding groups share a new purpose designed and equipped home with the church’s own youth groups in a disused workshop unit in the High Street. Plans for the new facilities include large and small halls, a chill-out zone and an indoor climbing wall.
Subject to planning consent and the usual contractual arrangements St Nicholas' Church has agreed to buy the former workshop of Haxey Engineering adjacent to the Memorial Hall in the centre of the village. The building has not been in use for some years, many people in the village view it as a run-down eyesore and would welcome it being brought back into full use. The project has widespread support within the community.
The Girlguiding groups and the youth group currently make use of the Church Hall in the grounds of the Grade I listed church; the scouts have their own building in the same grounds. The Church Hall needs some updating and refurbishment, while the Scout Hut occupies some land that is earmarked for burials as the churchyard runs out of space. The prefabricated Scout Hut is in poor condition, beyond economic repair and has reached the end of its useful life. Access to the current site is along a narrow lane and can sometimes be difficult. Alongside this project the Scout Hut will be demolished, the Church Hall will be refurbished and additional parking will be created at the church.
The project has been more than eight years in the planning. After a number of false starts it is hoped that the hub will provide a secure future for the groups for many years to come.
Parish Families Worker, Paul Taylor, is excited about the prospects this project raises. He said, “In these times of austerity and cuts to the youth and children’s provision by local government this is a much-needed and very welcome investment in the children and young people of Haxey and Westwoodside. We are very enthusiastic about the opportunities these first-class facilities will present to promote the development of young people and empower them to achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as members of the community”.
It is hoped that the Youth Hub will be opened in the Summer of 2018.
The former Haxey Engineering workshop is to converted into the Youth Hub.
The current Scout Hut is beyond economic repair.