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Charitable Trust Helps Fund Community Centre

Published: 14 Apr 2015   updated: 15 Apr 2015

A new facility for the whole community at RAF Scampton has been launched in style, with Dr Mary Stopes-Roe cutting the ribbon to open the Barnes Wallis Community Centre.

Dr Stopes-Roe is the daughter of Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the 'bouncing bomb', after whom the centre is named. The refurbishment was part-funded by a grant of £7,000 from the RAF Charitable Trust.

The overall project involved the refurbishment of a dilapidated building, including a new roof, and cost £693,000. The Charitable Trust grant provided the finishing touches, helping to pay for soft furnishings, equipment and materials with the express aim of making the centre a welcoming place for families.

Lady Delia Thornton represented the charity at the event. She said: "The Charitable Trust was pleased to make a grant towards this project as part of our work to support the RAF and its people.  Having now seen the Community Centre for myself I will be pleased to report back to my fellow Trustees that their money has been well spent.  I would like to congratulate the team at RAF Scampton for their vision in delivering this great community facility."

Gill Angel, Community Development Officer at RAF Scampton, said: "On behalf of the Community Support Team, Service families and dependants at RAF Scampton, we would like to thank the RAF Charitable Trust for their very kind financial donation towards the refurbishment of the new Barnes Wallis Community Centre. Receiving such funding has enabled us to furnish the new centre to an exceptionally high standard. The centre is welcoming to all those who visit and portrays a very professional approach towards community support on station. Thank you very much for your continued support."

The new building offers space in comfortable surroundings for clubs and offices. With the aim of bringing the whole community, both military and civilian, together, it will be used for community activities and events, especially supporting families during times of deployment, and for training courses, GP outreach services, Sure Start events and services.  It will also be open to groups including Scouts, Brownies, mums and tots, and the Pollyplatt Primary School. 

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