The Bishop of Grimsby has opened St Nicholas church’s new ‘Youth Hub’ in Haxey. This facility represents a significant investment by the church for a new base for its church-affiliated Scouting and Girlguiding groups (Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Rainbows) as well as its own youth groups.

Speaking after a service held in the church and then a procession to the refurbished building, Bishop David said: “This is a wonderful resource for all the community of Haxey and has very much been developed with young people in mind. St Nicholas’ church provides a great range of activities for both adults and children in its community, fulfilling a vital mission role for local people and puts the church at the heart of the village.”

The Youth Hub is located at a disused workshop unit in the High Street, and Mr Paul Taylor, Parish Families Worker, has spoken of the importance of this new facility, which will include large and small halls, a chill-out zone and an indoor climbing wall. “St Nicholas’ church is committed to working with the children and young people of our community,” he has said. “Our work had outgrown the available space, and we could see the potential for current and future groups, as we hope to expand our work with children and young people in our community.

“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.”

In addition, Eileen Owers, Churchwarden, said, “It has been a real community effort, and it all started because the Scouts needed a new hut. This gives the church a venue in the centre of the village.”

Further information on the church is available from the parish website and Facebook page.