Brownies declare new extension open at Keynsham church

Published on: 02 Apr 2016

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April 2016

Brownies who helped raise funds towards a Keynsham church’s new extension were given the honour of officially opening the new building.

Watched by family, residents, church members, local councillors and North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, the girls cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of St Francis Church Centre, in Warwick Road.

The girls contributed £550 towards the £160,000 project by swimming the equivalent of Keynsham to Wales in Keynsham Leisure Centre’s pool. Pack member Evie also designed a logo for the new centre.

The opening ceremony was held on March 12, with guests enjoying a family fun day, refreshments and the chance to explore the new facilities. The extension includes a new kitchen and meeting room, which will benefit the many groups who use the church centre, including a parent and toddler group, an elderly people’s lunch club and the Brownies.

Rev Andrew Judge, vicar of St Francis Church, said: “This extension is much needed and will be used by hundreds of people each week. It’s fantastic to see so many people here today who have helped make it happen, especially the many organisations that have contributed financially without whom the extension would not have been possible.”

Brown Owl Sarah Watkins said: “We use the community centre as our base and all the Brownies enjoyed swimming to help contribute £550 to the new extension. We were very pleased our Brownies were asked to open the extension and we look forward to making full use of the new improved hall for many years to come.”

Funding also came from Bath and North East Somerset Council, with £80,333, and £57,000 from Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust (ICET) and Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB) collectively. Angela Haymonds, secretary of ICET and CETB, said: “The trusts were delighted to fund this important extension that is used by so many different groups from across the local community.”

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