Lostwithiel Community Centre

A big "thank you" to users and supporters as more of the Centre reopens after last year's storm damage. Phone Angeline Edney on07999 518584 (email: angeline.edney@btinternet.com)for information on how we can increasinglyonce again welcome your booking and host your activity.

Specifically, the Oasis Centre remains open, with two rooms available for hire, with use of kitchen if required, and WC facilities. Tourist information is available in the Oasis Foyer when the Oasis Centre is open.

February 2017 Update:

The second-Sunday Antiques Fair will be making a welcome return in March, and also in March (on the 21st), there will be another blood-donor session. The December one was made possible by the willingness of a small team of volunteers to keep an eye on things, so thanks to those who gave their time to make this possible.

Then, in April, independently-run Craft Fairs will begin on every first-Sunday; please contact Janice, on 07974 054116 for more information.

So if you think you might like to hire the main hall or other rooms it will be well worth enquiring; the more bookings we have the sooner the whole Centre can be opened more frequently and regularly.

Unfortunately, it's not just a matter of rolling up the shutter, switching on the lights, and displaying the "Open" sign. Bureaucracy and common sense direct that we have to undertake some background work before that sign can be permanently displayed; including renewing all relevant health and safety compliances, for example.

Inspections and certificates are costly, and the money to pay for them has been hard to come by while bookings have been interrupted. There is a need for tidying, cleaning, re-organising and sorting before the place can become fully operational, and we need to make sure systems are devised so that the building can be operated with few staff. Such re-organising is taking time.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel, in anticipation of which the Centre is now advertising for a Community Centre Manager/Administrator to manage and promote the efficient running of the Lostwithiel Community Centre as a vibrant facility operating for the benefit of local residents and organisations within a sustainable framework and with the assistance of local volunteers. The role will involve a high degree of autonomy and will be self-motivated.

Community Centre Manager/Administrator position

Hours: 15 - 20 hours per week, to be arranged as best balances the needs of the Centre with the preference of the Manager/Administrator. Full Job Specification available on request.

Salary: This will be a paid position, with a three month probationary period and starting salary depending on skill and experience, incrementing subsequently based entirely upon success achieved in the position.

For a copy of the full Job Specification, or to apply, please send CV and covering letter to lostwithielcommcentre.recruit@gmail.com by Friday 3rd March, 2017.

Meanwhile, people continue to help with fund raising, most recently, in December, 'Songsmiths' (who will also be returning to Lostwithiel during LostFest in May), whose 'Jazz plus Rogers and Hammerstein' concert was presented entirely for the benefit of the Centre. Thanks to them, and also to the St. Bart's churchwardens and PCC for offering the church as a superb venue for the event. Such support gives very real encouragement for the future.

So thank you for your interest in the Lostwithiel Community Centre; this information will be updated as soon as there is more of note to share.

Please continue to contact me direct for information and hirings - angeline.edney@btinternet.com (07999 518584 if necessary leave a text or voice message).

Angeline Edney (Chair, LCA)