The Chequers Inn Barkestone le Vale was purchased in 2019 for the village for use as a Community Hub. The core facilities proposed to be run from the Hub will be cafe, shop, bar and guest accommodation, but there will be many more uses of the space for the community to use as it needs it.
Our ambition is to fill the gap that has been left by the loss of other facilities, and much more - it is to create a space for people to enjoy each other's company and to build a centre for a whole range of services and activities to take place.
There are 3 core aims at the centre of the Hub:
1. To promote community cohesion and inclusivity. To create a space for people to come together, help and support each other, to avoid isolation, and to ensure that no-one is living with problems that their community has the power to solve.
2. To be the heart of a thriving and sustainable village, providing a centre where a multitude of activities and amenities take place. services to which people would have to travel, or would have
3. To enhance, enrich and celebrate village life, to nurture new and creative ideas and to have fun in each other's company.
All Hub volunteers and supporters,
Just a quick update to keep you posted on what the Trustees’ plans are for the Hub in the current and continuing climate of COVID 19.
We are in the process of upgrading the kitchen, with the installation of a new dishwasher, oven and hob, fryer, grill and microwave, together with new stainless steel work-space. All of this was bought courtesy of a grant we received last year. We hope to have these works completed by the end of September and the kitchen then redecorated.
Until the works are complete, and due to COVID 19, we’re not intending on opening the Hub or making it available for hire.
Once complete, however, we’re looking forward to offering the Hub and the kitchen for hire. As for our usual ongoing events and the café/coffee mornings, we are aware that these can only be run with the kind help of volunteers. The Trustees do not feel it appropriate as yet to request volunteers put their and others’ wellbeing at risk to run events. Accordingly, until we are sure we can keep everyone safe, and volunteers and Hub goers alike agree, the Hub will remain closed for events.
We will of course keep a close eye on Government advice and let you know when we are looking to re-open; it’s been a while and we’ve all missed the Hub, so hopefully this won’t be too long…