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JUNE

 

GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW FROMUS CENTRE!

 

The current Volunteer Directors of

The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company:

Colin Dennison

Di Eastman

Steve Palmer

Phil Peeling

Jeremy Smith

Don Tricker

invite everyone to the free Grand Opening of the new Fromus Centre,

in Street Farm Road, Saxmundham

on Saturday, July 9th.

The programme of events is as follows:

 

 

A town procession led by our very own Town Crier, Henry III and a Medieval Re-enactment group 

starts on Fromus Green at 1:50pm 

and finishes at the new Fromus Centre

(opposite the Vets in Street Farm Road)

for the Grand Opening event at 2pm.

 

Music throughout the afternoon will be provided by:

 

  • The Royal British Legion Band (outside)
  • The Rabble Chorus Singers (outside)
  • Ukulele Band (in the hall, with the SMILE Cafe)

 

FREE Activities for Children including:

 

  • Free Children’s Funfair roundabout ride
  • Free Ice Cream Factory
  • Free crafting activities
  • Loads of outdoor games/activities to join in

 

Refreshments (including hot snacks)

served (12.30pm - 3.30pm)

by the Smile Community Café (in the hall)

 

 
See you there!

 

 

 

JANUARY, 2022

 

THE SMILE CAFE RELAUNCHES!

The weekly pop-up community SMILE Cafe closed temporarily with the first UK lockdown in March 2020

- and couldn't re-open untl January, 2022...

On January 5th, 2022, it relaunched at the new Fromus Centre - operating every Wednesday, from 10am - 4pm.

First in line at the reopening was Saxmundham Town Councillor Roger Hedley Lewis, who had brought with him a small breakfast party to test out the new catering service in town.

No sooner had the tables been set out, laid and sanitised, than the orders were in – a mix of tea, coffee and hot chocolate, porridge (extra thick), toast with jam, beans on toast and a full English breakfast.

 

With a brand new commercial kitchen, new equipment and eight halogen plates, the head cook and kitchen staff were immediately under pressure to get ‘firing on all eight’. The first Wednesday, with no promotion, was meant to be a very soft launch to trial the system but once service was under way, a steady stream of customers meant the kitchen service didn’t get a break until 1.30pm!

“I was very impressed with the new surroundings and the socially distanced tables. My all day breakfast was not only delicious but great value for money. I noted that daily newspapers were provided and, all in all, there was a relaxed and friendly ambiance. I will be back.” Cllr. Roger Hedley Lewis, Saxmundham Town Council

 

NOVEMBER, 2021

 

THE NEW FROMUS CENTRE FINALLY OPENS!

The new Fromus Centre - run by The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company - finally opened on November 15th, for customers transferring from the old Fromus Centre and the taking of new hall and meeting room bookings.

The old Fromus Centre at Seaman Avenue is now due for demolition, to make way for a new housing development.

The address of the new Fromus Centre is:

The Fromus Centre

The Saxmundham Hub

Street Farm Road

Saxmundham

IP17 1AL

For a floorplan of the new Saxmundham Hub, including the new Fromus Centre,

please click here.

(On the diagram, the new Fromus Centre comprises 'Block E + The Cabin')

 

Prices, enquiry and booking information can be found on the 'Prices' page on the navigation bar, above.

 

There will be a Grand Opening of the new Fromus Centre, in July, 2022...

 

APRIL, 2021

DESPITE THE 2021 NEW YEAR LOCKDOWN,

THE NEW FROMUS CENTRE REFURBISHMENT CONTINUES...

 

 

 The new Fromus Centre

(to replace the current Fromus Centre in Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham)

is now on target for an

Opening Winter 2021.

 The new Fromus Centre will be part of the new multi-agency, multi-function Saxmundham Hub,-  with plenty of onsite parking -

housed in the old Suffolk County Council's Street Farm Road buildings in Saxmundham town -

currently being refurbished (see left photo)

 As well as housing a new library, healthcare clinics, registrars and Leading Lives,

the new Saxmundham Hub will include

The Saxmundham & District

Community Interest Company (SADCIC) -

with their community hall and rooms for hire -

see far right large rectangle building

on the floor plan below...

 

 

 

MARCH, 2021

THE SADCIC 2021-2022 MARKETING PLAN

 

 

Following the lengthy delays refurbishing the old Suffolk County Council Street Farm Buildings, and the ensuing failure to open the new Fromus Centre in 2020, it is now hoped that a summer 2021 opening may be possible – and in preparation The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) has produced a Marketing Plan.

The purpose of this 2021-2022 document is to build up a logical and comprehensive marketing review & plan for SADCIC to action, and to share with stakeholders.

Please click here to read a copy.

 

DECEMBER, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Dec 2020

The Fromus Centre remains OPEN.

As of Wednesday 2 December, Saxmundham together with the rest of Suffolk

has been placed in Tier 2 restrictions (High Alert).

Accordingly many clubs and activities at the centre remain suspended but exemptions do apply

so please contact the appropriate group organiser for guidance as to when they plan to re-start activities.

The NHS Midwifery Service will continue to operate from the centre as usual.

If you need to contact the NHS Midwifery office at The Fromus Centre please telephone their direct line 07710 716948 and leave a message.

Please DO NOT call the general Fromus Centre booking line.

Thank You and Stay Safe

 

NOVEMBER, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Nov.2020

The Fromus Centre will remain OPEN

throughout the November national Coronavirus Lockdown.

However all clubs and other activities at the centre remain suspended,

whilst the NHS Midwifery Service will continue to operate as usual.

If you need to contact the NHS Midwifery office at The Fromus Centre please telephone 07710 716948.

Please DO NOT call the Fromus Centre booking line.

Thank You and Stay Safe

 

 

OCTOBER, 2020

 

The Fromus Centre has Re-opened for Community Use!

 

The Fromus Centre in Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham has now reopened its doors to the community.

The latest Government guidance on “the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities” has been updated since the introduction of “the rule of 6”. It states: “Community facilities following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host more than 6 people in total, but no one should visit or socialise in a group of greater than 6”. So the Fromus Centre will now be  limited to groups of up to 20 in the Main Hall.

A full risk assessment has been drawn up and new procedures are in place for health and safety purposes.

The hall and smaller rooms offer an ideal environment for various activities and local voluntary groups benefit from hire rates starting at only £6 per hour.

With plenty of onsite parking and free Wi-Fi, The Fromus Centre offers ideal community facilities.

The Fromus Centre is managed by the 6 volunteer directors of The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC).

“Throughout the ‘Covid 19 close down’ The Fromus Centre remained open for NHS services and we were extremely pleased to be able to offer the NHS expanded Midwifery services and clinics as alternative premises in the area became unavailable. We are now busy working with Suffolk County Council and others to bring about an exciting move to a brand new Fromus Centre as part of the refurbishment works currently taking place to the County Buildings in Street Farm Road, Saxmundham. Our move is expected to take place early in the New Year and more details will be published nearer the time." Steve Palmer, Chair of SADCIC:

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