Groups invited to use space
Indoor and outdoor space is being offered for community groups, arts organisations, and charities at the former St Christopher’s School in Westbury Park.
The team behind the planned redevelopment of the school and its five-acre site, bordering The Downs off Westbury Park Road, say that the school hall and gardens are being made available for use throughout the day or evening for the next twelve months and are ideal for arts, cultural, and environmental activities and events.
Luke Martin, from Socius, one of the organisations involved in the £85 million project, said: “The site has been closed to the public and hidden behind a wall for many years. We have already started to open up the site and make it part of the wider community. We want to continue this.”
Currently, the site is providing temporary affordable accommodation for 90 people living onsite as guardians, and is home to a Covid-19 vaccination centre for Whiteladies Medical Centre.
The old school hall can hold up to 80 people seated and has a stage area and bathroom facilities. Outside there are a number of areas suitable for small or larger groups, with access to facilities.
Performance group Mechanimal and First Redland Scouts will use the hall when the vaccination hub closes, and Circomedia and a yoga class are also intending to use the outdoor space in the summer, but there are opportunities for other groups and charities to use the space too.
Luke Martin said: “We are pleased to be able to invite in local groups to make use of the existing facilities that are currently sitting empty.”
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