Consultation event proves popular - now it's your turn

Profile: Oaklea, 02nd Mar, 2020

A huge thank you to all those who attended our first informal public consultation event in Alston, Cumbria at the weekend regarding plans to transform the former Primary School into a thriving community hub.

As a result of all that positivity we now need more people to join the ‘Alston Old Primary Working Group’ (which Oaklea is supporting). Have you got skills that could be put to good use in the North Pennines?

Chris Reed (pictured above) from the Group says: “A lot of people expressed an interest in joining the steering group. For example one person said we need someone who could reach out to the younger community members. This makes me think about what we are looking for in candidates for the group. We want proactive positive people who can contribute. For example skills in PR, fund raising, youth, garden, man sheds, fitness, cafe, renewable energy, etc. so each member has a purpose and can feed information onto the group and then onto Oaklea.” (And of course all ideas in between) Please spread the word…
Let us know - or better still drop an email to Chris: Contact Chris Your thoughts would be most welcome.

The consultation attracted a great turnout at Samuel Kings Secondary School -and many people filled in surveys regarding thoughts on what a possible new community Hub could contain. Thank to those who completed surveys on the day. (We’ve also created an online version of the survey if you want to fill in virtually! Go to Alston Old Primary Survey)

Oaklea Trustees and Oaklea Operations Director Alex Wolfenden also attended and were keen to hear what local people had to say on possible options.

Working Group member Lissie Sharp also managed to enjoy a brew (kindly provided by the School PTA) whilst geting some TV exposure…look out for her on “That’s TV Cumbria”

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