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Friday 9th January Notes from community breakfast meeting 9th January 2015
Melbourn Community Hub
Stuart Cook and Bob Tulloch gave us a very interesting account of how the Hub was set up. Stuart has been part of the Management Committee for only a few months and is already Chairman! Bob has been involved from early on in the scheme, as it has been driven by the Parish Council.The Beginnings Melbourn (population 5000, with 2500 houses) had an old police station and the site was sold for low-cost housing. At first the Parish Council asked for space for a Library, but after some thought and negotiations the developer said that if funds could be found they would build a Community Hub. Funding £650,000 was needed. Some came from unspent Parish Council Precept- for ground preparation. The rest, £500,000, came via a low interest rate loan from the Public Works Lending Board. The interest rate is based on the Gilts rate, and will cost £30,000 p.a., for 30 years, which is manageable. The archaeological survey was OK, and ground was broken 18 months ago. The Hub opened on 1st February 2014 - 11.5 months ago! The Parish Council owns the building on behalf of the village, and its office is upstairs. The Management Group including Bob, Stuart, Kimmi Crosby & Parish Councillors, are all volunteers.

Facilities there include:
• 3 Meeting Rooms for hire. A small upstairs room takes about 4 people (e.g. For interviewing) @ £10/hour, The small downstairs one takes 12 people @ £15/hour, and the large upstairs one takes 30 people (used by community groups, societies & businesses) @ £25/hour. The Atrium, which holds 40-50 people, can also be hired during the evenings and weekendss @ £30/hour. A projector and screen are also available and a computer is available for use on the premises and the whole building has free Wi-Fi. Children come in and do their homework using it. The Hub is seen as a safe environment for them.) Catering can be provided by the cafe kitchen team. The meeting rooms are also used by community groups like Relate, the CAB and so on. There is a stair-lift to the upper floor.
• Downstairs, as you come in, on the left there is a Reception area, with the Part-time Hub Manager in professional dress. In front of you is a Kitchen area for the café, with a Kitchen Manager and Assistant on different shifts. (Solar panels were put on the roof to help supply energy.) There 4 Assistants, 2 on shift and 2 off, plus other volunteers, which keeps costs low. All suppliers are local.
• The Café serves sandwiches, baguettes, soup, shepherds pie, etc., - and it has 5 hygiene "Scores on the Doors." The café is in constant use by mother & baby groups, pensioners, South Cambs District Council, commercial companies and so on. Buffet lunches can be provided. The Hub Lunch Club has 30 people attending.
• The Atrium, on the right, has clerestory windows high up, and is light and airy. It has café tables scattered through most of the area, and at the far end has 4 Library cabinets on wheels, each holding half a ton of books, but moveable with one finger!
• The free car park on the opposite side of the road is also being extended and lighting put in.
• Opening hours are 8.30 am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday, evenings by arrangement, closed on Sundays. The website address is and the phone number is 01763 263303 The Community Hub is funded from room hire and is financially sound. The Management Group continually seek to improve it. Do visit it at 30 High Street, Melbourn - SG8 6DZ on your SatNav! Sarah Hillman

Saturday 14th February Royston Parish Church Pancake Race in the Priory Memorial Gardens at 11.00 (register from 10.30) £10 per team of 4 people. Great fun and very competitive!. Bring a team and a frying pan - pancakes provided!

Sunday 8th February Repair Cafe from 10.00 to 13.00 at Market Hill Rooms - See the facebook page. If you are bringing items along please book via the link to Eventbrite.

Tuesday 3rd February Arts Festival AGM at 19.30 at the Town Hall. Please pre-register via the website>. Graham Palmer is stepping down as Chairman and Claire Somerville is taking over. They are also looking for a new Treasurer.

Friday 9th January 2015: Our next breakfast - We will be welcoming Bob Tulloch and Stuart Cook to talk about the Melbourn Hub - if you are on our list, you will get a reminder, if not please email us for an invitation.

14th November 2014 Speaker: Geoff Kavanagh, Royston Scout District Commissioner

Geoff, who has been involved in the scouting movement since he was 8, provided a very lively and informative presentation about the local scouting organisation.

The Scouting organisation is the largest youth organisation in the world. The first scout group in Royston started in 1910 at Burloes just outside Royston and moved into Royston in 1912. The District currently has 400 children involved in 6 Scout troups, 7 cub packs and 5 Beaver colonies. The age range is from 6 years for Beavers to 24 for Venture Scouts with no age limit for helpers and Leaders. In 1976 girls were also allowed to join as scouts, although Girl Guides remains a completely separate organisation.

The Scouts get involved in all sorts of exciting activities such as rock climbing, sailing, abseiling and orienteering. They also help in the community but rather than just doing simple things such as collecting litter they try to be more constructive. Examples of this include digging out a ditch and re-surfacing a car park to fill in pot holes. The idea is to improve the child at the same time as being helpful.

Unsurprisingly therefore scouting is very popular in Royston District and there is a waiting list. New premises are therefore actively being sought and while new helpers and leaders have been identified more would be welcome. Training is provided for leadership and management. Sponsors are also being sought as there is always a need for more funding.

If you are interested in joining, helping, leading or sponsoring then contact Geoff at

We also had updates on events being organised by members; such as:
Royston’s fourth Cash Mob on 6th December at 12 noon
Inspiring Library Survey – only a few days left
A report on the recent Repair Café
Rotary Youth Speaks