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Sharing the expertise - Could Alston replicate the Appleby Hub success?


Profile: Oaklea, 09th Dec, 2019

Love is in the air - for enterprising ideas! Further to the news we shared with you in the summer regarding possibly developing a former school building in Alston, Cumbria. We can now update you. We are now acting in a supportive role with the 'Alston Old Primary Working Group'.

The group are made up of interested parties from the Alston Moor area with expertise in a variety of areas -including sustainability, practicing architect, local democracy and community development. The group invited Oaklea to assist them - after all The Oaklea Trust strapline is ‘Building Stronger Communities’ -which is very much what the group hope to achieve with the old primary site.

Some of the “Alston Old Primary Working Group” can be seen below at the Market Cross, Alston on 4 December (most of group pictured below -Roe, Lissie, Maxine, Chris & Alex Wolfenden - Ops Director at Oaklea Trust). We intend to hold some public meetings in early 2020 where we will share more information on our plans -and we will want your input and thoughts!

Things are developing - Maxine from the “Alston Old Primary Working Group” met with Linda Adey, an Appleby based trustee for Oaklea Trust last Friday (6 December). They’d both been meeting at the Appleby Hub social enterprise and it was a good opportunity for them to compare notes. Oaklea took on the former Centre 67 Youth Centre after Storm Desmond in 2015 and reinvented it as a centre for well-being, a thriving whole food cafe, activities and employment & training. It’s now a valuable community asset used by everyone. Why not visit the Hub and see for yourself (info on http://www.right2work.org.uk/appleby-hub/ - Oaklea’s CIC - social enterprise arm)

Maxine is impressed by what the Oaklea team have achieved here in the Eden Valley -here she is with Linda:

If you want to keep up with ideas and discussions regarding the Alston Old Primary site - follow our dedicated Facebook page Alstonoldprimary Facebook page

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