Bretch Hill greets new sports and community centre

People living in the Bretch Hill area of Banbury celebrated the official opening of their new community centre yesterday (Monday).

Published: Tuesday, 28th January 2020

Work to construct the new Hill Community and Sports Facility got underway last spring and was completed in the autumn. A thriving programme of sports and child-friendly activities is already being run there by Banbury Community Church. It includes social clubs, art classes and council FAST sessions.

The design and build of the new centre was supported by a £600,000 investment from Cherwell and £350,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England. Banbury Charities and Banbury Town Council each invested £10,000 towards the project and housing developers contributed £80,000.

Cllr Andrew McHugh, Cherwell’s lead member for wellbeing, said: “A vibrant and varied programme of sports and community activities is running at the new building

“I thank local people and the church for their patience and support while this wonderful new building was developed, and I am very pleased that Cherwell has been able to deliver a high quality result for them.”

The church kept the young people’s activities running at a shop on the Bradley arcade, while they waited for their new building./p>