Knowle residents are only weeks away from a brand new community building

Residents of Knowle are getting used to a new landmark in their village, as building work on the community building nears completion.  Work started in April this year and has been progressing well, with completion expected early in January 2011. 

Winchester City Council commissioned the new building to provide more usable community space, when the old chapel proved not to be suitable for the range and volume of community activity required by a community the size of Knowle.

Cllr Angela Clear, Chair of Wickham Parish Council said, “This new Community Building is very good news. The finished hall will be a most welcome and needed asset for local residents”.

The new community building will be owned by Wickham Parish Council, which intends to hand over day-to-day management to residents who run the Knowle Community Buildings Association.  It incorporates a large hall, meeting room and changing room / shower facilities as well as kitchen and toilets.

Cllr Lucille Thompson, Winchester City Council Portfolio Holder for Communities said, “Knowle is long overdue a suitable community building.  The City Council has invested more than £400,000 in this new facility in recognition of the important role it can play in supporting an active and inclusive community in Knowle in the years to come.  I welcome the role that local residents will take in managing the building and look forward to seeing lots of people using it in 2011.”

If you would like to know more about the building, express an interest in hiring it or get involved in running it, please contact Nicki Oliver, Clerk to Wickham Parish Council, on 01329 835 019 or by e-mail