St Nicholas’ Church in Haxey has announced plans to create a new £275,000 Youth Hub in the village. The church has bought a former workshop, which is adjacent to the Memorial Hall in the centre of the village, and the project has recently been granted planning permission.

Upon completion, church-affiliated Scouting and Girlguiding groups will share a new purpose designed and equipped home with the church’s own youth groups, and plans for the new facilities include large and small halls, a chill-out zone and an indoor climbing wall.

The Girlguiding groups and the youth group currently make use of the Church Hall in the grounds of the Grade I-listed church, while the Scouts have their own building in the same grounds (pictured below). The Church Hall needs some updating and refurbishment, while the prefabricated Scout Hut is in poor condition and occupies some land that is earmarked for possible future burials as the churchyard begins to run out of space. Therefore, alongside this project the Scout Hut will be demolished, the Church Hall will be refurbished and additional car parking will be created at the church.

The Youth Hub project has been more than eight years in the planning, and it is hoped that the hub will provide a secure future for the groups for many years to come. Looking head to the work and opportunities ahead, Paul Taylor, Parish Families Worker, has 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”.

Work will commence shortly, and it is hoped that the Youth Hub will be open by the autumn of this year.

More information on St Nicholas’ Church in Haxey may be found here

The photograph of the church shown below is courtesy of George Fiddler.