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.
The Hub opened its doors in September 2019 and was starting to become established when a global pandemic came along.
During the five or so months that the Hub was open, we have seen bar nights, quiz nights, live music, coffee mornings, first aid training sessions, themed events, and private parties, thanks to the efforts of the trustees and an amazing band of volunteers.
Now it’s ready again to be truly established in the community, so there is lots more planned. Please have a look at the last page of this document for forthcoming activities and events.
The aim now is to make sure that the Hub serves a real purpose in the community, is relevant to everyone and, perhaps most of all, brings us together.
To that end, we would be very grateful if you would take a few minutes to answer the following questions to help us develop a greater understanding of what our communities want from the Hub, and to find people who can help to make that happen.
A copy of the electronic version of the questionnaire can be downloaded here.