ImaGine re-opens in new town centre base - The Evesham Observer

ImaGine re-opens in new town centre base

Rob George 22nd Jan, 2020 Updated: 22nd Jan, 2020   0

A POPULAR Evesham community hub has re-opened its doors at a new venue on the town’s High Street.

Volunteers at ImaGine began a new chapter in the project’s history on Tuesday (January 21) when they unveiled their new base at 52 High Street at the junction with Oat Street.

The new location provides well-lit space for displays about local projects and crafts together with a number of meeting rooms and a large room for events.

Imagine offers free books and space for exhibitions from local artists and photographers. Local artist Mike Bagshaw has provided some of his portrait paintings for an exhibition to mark the re-opening of the venue.

Established by Transition Evesham Vale (TEV) in 2013, ImaGine operated for nearly four years from a building in Market Square, but had to close when the property was let and refurbished to become the Orto Lounge restaurant.

“Imagine was set up to provide a place in the centre of town where people could meet.” said project leader Robin Walker.

“Put simply, imaGine aims to provide a catalyst for change, working with local communities, exploring sustainability, discovering how we can work together for a healthier, happier, lower carbon future.

“We aim to foster and nurture relationships with voluntary and civic organisations in and around Evesham, and encourage their active use of imaGine as a place to meet, talk and promote their activities.

“Nothing is cast in stone, and we welcome your contributions towards shaping imaGine’s role. ImaGine is as much yours as it is anyone’s, so let’s make it work together,” he added.

Volunteers have spent the past fortnight getting the new venue ready for ImaGine to open six days a week from 10am to 4pm

“We’re very grateful to landlords Richard and Maggie Mumford, charity partner Welcome To Our Future and Wychavon District Council who have enabled ImaGine to use these premises,” Mr Walker added.

“Thanks to them and generous donations from Roundabout, local groups and individuals, we’ve got a well-furnished centre with great facilities.

“If you would like to donate some books, discuss current or potential projects, or consider volunteering, pop in for a chat. This really is a great way to be part of the change you want to see, making Evesham a Greener, healthier and more prosperous place for your children, and your childrens’ children.”

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