Droitwich’s new community project is now ready for business and will be launched in the Spring.
Called the Cabin, is a flexible building intended for a number of uses, including hosting adult education programmes, community and family information meetings, as well as meetings and events staged by the police, social care, special needs groups, the health service and other local organisations.
The opportunity to proceed with the construction of The Cabin was secured when a joint bid by Droitwich Spa Town Council (DSTC), Droitwich Means Business (DMB) and Droitwich Spa High School (DSHS) for a share of the £3 million Wychavon Community Legacy Grant scheme, resulted in £120,000 in grant funding for the project.
But the grant was on condition that the community rallied round to raise more funding.
Matt Nicol, chair of Droitwich Means Business and a former pupil of Droitwich Spa High School, said it had truly been a joint community effort.
Money was raised and donated by a range of local organisations including King George V CIC Sports Association, which gave £5,000, Mr Nicol’s estate agency Nicol & Co donated £3,000 and fundraising by Droitwich High School brought in a further £7,500.
With more than £15,000 raised locally, Droitwich Town Council also provided a construction costs contingency fund representing 10% of the build costs, and this meant the project could go ahead.
Matt Nicol said: “The Cabin is finished and will be formally launched in the Spring of 2021. Droitwich Means Business got behind the idea from the start. The initial suggestion was for a shed, but we all agreed ‘The Cabin’ sounded better. It could never have been completed without everyone pulling together in what has been an incredibly challenging year with the pandemic to contend with as well.”
The facility, now completed, will be managed by a committee of six including two representatives from DSHS and DSTC.
Droitwich Means Business is a local business group co-founded by Matt Nicol made up of a number of key business owners, local employers and business leaders formed with the purpose of putting Droitwich Spa back on the map and creating a connected community.
Matt Nicol’s role in promoting the project has been recognised by his former school, Droitwich Spa High School, where he has been invited to be a member of the DSHS Academy Trust.
Mr Nicol said: “I am deeply touched by the gesture. When I was a pupil at the school, I never imagined I would be honoured in this way and am very pleased to accept the school board’s kind invitation.”