The Jubilee Centre in Sandwich

The Jubilee Centre in Sandwich has reopened! Councillor Clare Ungerson writes:

 

The Jubilee Centre (previously called the Phoenix Centre) in Jubilee Road, Sandwich, CT13 0QP is open for business again. A new team of trustees and volunteers, Jeanette Timmins (Chair), Colin Brazier (Treasurer), Nicholas Gray (Secretary), Clare Felton, Clare Ungerson, David Wood and Philip Woodhouse, are sorting out the building which, having been mothballed for three years, needs some ‘tender loving care’. Fortunately, Phil and Elleanor Scott, who ran the building for many years, can advise us when we can’t quite puzzle out how the building – which is wonderfully environmentally friendly – works.

The Sandwich Pantry, which offers very good food at very cheap prices, runs on Mondays from 1pm-3pm and welcomes new members. We are thrilled to announce that the Citizen’s Advice Bureau is joining us from the end of November onwards, the CAB will be present on Mondays, from 1pm – 3pm. If there’s enough demand they will consider coming for longer hours. Two councillors from Sandwich South ward (Cllrs Ian Black and Vicki Tomlins) held their first drop-in session at the Centre on October 16th.

Sandwich Boxing Club is in the whole Centre on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (from 6pm to 8pm) and the occasional Sunday morning. The Club trains members from the age of 8 to 18. Contact them via their Facebook page.

Other regular hirers are Priscilla who runs Yoga Classes and the Sandwich Concert Band which rehearses at the Centre every Tuesday evening. Becky is running a fully equipped Hairdressing Salon from Tuesdays through to Fridays with the possibility of an extension into Saturdays. Contact Becky on 07736 548574

If you are interested in hiring the Centre – long term or for a one-off event – please access our online booking system.

At the same time we want to develop services for local people – for example, a community garden, a café, a ‘men’s shed’, coaching for local children for the Kent test and for maths and a ‘repair café’. We would love to hear from you if you have ideas about what should and could happen at the Jubilee Centre. And we need people to help us too – for example, to help run the website, manage the building and its grounds and help with funding applications. Contact the Centre at [email protected].

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