Stowmarket: Cedars Park Community Centre is opened by MP David Ruffley
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A new £1m community centre has been officially unveiled by the town’s MP.
David Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmunds, cut the ribbon of the Cedars Park Community Centre in Stowmarket at the weekend.
The centre, which had taken 10 months to build, will be used by various groups as well as a new pre-school and football club.
Dusty Miller, chairman of the Cedars Park Community Interest Company, said: “It went really well. David was happy to be here, he has worked very closely with us to make sure the centre was built. He felt that a lot had been achieved with the building of the centre.
“We have already got a whole programme of activities – the hall is booked everyday. The pre-school has started and has about 12 families involved with about 40 more children due in September.
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“The centre is an absolute must, there’s been nothing there ever since the houses went up. People are just delighted to have somewhere of their own to go to. It’s very important indeed.”
Mr Ruffley said it gave him “great pleasure” to open the centre and he was confident it would be a “huge success” and would become a “hub for community activity”.
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The ceremony saw music from Stowmarket Concert Band, a balloon race and evening buffet.
Cedars Park currently has 1,750 homes.
Mr Miller said a village fete would take place on Saturday, July 27, from 11am.
The centre also needs local artists to send in their work for display in the building. A portion of the profits made from sales will go to the centre. People are also needed to join the residents’ association. For more information email Mr Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org