Joy at town's new 'all singing and dancing' community centre

Judy Cloke, Martin Evans and Ben Sprake at Bungay Community Centre.

Judy Cloke, chair for the trustees of Bungay Community Centre, Martin Evans, secretary for the trustees of Bungay Community Centre and Ben Sprake, director of Sprake and Tyrrell Builders at the new Bungay Community Centre. - Credit: Danielle Booden

A market town finally has a brand new community centre after decades of planning, fundraising and delays.

Construction at the new Bungay Community Centre, at the rear of the playing field at Old Grammar Lane, was recently completed, with the new site used for the first time as a polling station earlier this month.

The centre will replace the old Honeypot Centre, which was built almost 80 years ago, with demolition work beginning this week.

Judy Cloke, chair of the trustees of Bungay Community Centre.

Judy Cloke, chair of the trustees of Bungay Community Centre. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Bungay Reeve Judy Cloke, chair of the trustees of the Bungay Honeypot Centre, said: "The new building is all singing and dancing and I am absolutely delighted with it.

"It has been such a long haul to get here, with an awful lot of work, but this is extremely important for Bungay because there are so many local groups who want to hire our facilities.

"The old centre, although it had a faithful following, had become unfit for purpose."

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. Picture: Danielle Booden

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. - Credit: Danielle Booden


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The new centre includes a kitchen, a fully-functioning lecture room and a large room which can be divided in two. 

Martin Evans, trustee secretary, said: "The community centre is extremely important to Bungay but it had gone way past its sell by date and needed to be replaced.

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"It has been a really long time coming, but we have finally achieved it and I hope the people of Bungay will be proud of it.

Martin Evans, Secretary of the trust for Bungay Community Centre. Picture: Danielle Booden

Martin Evans, Secretary of the trustees for Bungay Community Centre. - Credit: Danielle Booden

"We always said we wouldn't close down the old building until the new one was ready, and now they're roaring ahead to get the old site sorted.

"We said we'd get the new hall open in time for polling day and we just pulled it off, even though work was still going on outside, and now the only thing to be added is the signage."

Plans were lodged with East Suffolk Council in 2019 to demolish the Honeypot Centre, on Upper Olland Street, and build four bungalows and garages.

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. Picture: Danielle Booden

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Ms Cloke, who was re-elected to represent the town on East Suffolk and Suffolk County councils, said: "The plan is for new bungalows to be built there.

"The builders, Sprake and Tyrrell who built the new centre, are very high quality and I am looking forward to seeing the new bungalows.

"We would not have been able to build the centre without the support of then-Waveney District Council, county councillor David Ritchie, Bungay Town Trust and Bungay Medical Centre."

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. Picture: Danielle Booden

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Judy Cloke, Martin Evans, and Ben Sprake at Bungay Community Centre

Judy Cloke, chair for the trustees of Bungay Community Centre, Martin Evans, secretary for the trustees of Bungay Community Centre and Ben Sprake, director of Sprake and Tyrrell Builders at the new Bungay Community Centre. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. Picture: Danielle Booden

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. Picture: Danielle Booden

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Ben Sprake, Direcor of Sprake and Tyrrell Builders who have built the new Bungay Community Centre.

Ben Sprake, Direcor of Sprake and Tyrrell Builders who have built the new Bungay Community Centre. Picture: Danielle Booden - Credit: Danielle Booden

Judy Cloke, chairman of trustees of Bungay Community Centre. Picture: Danielle Booden

Judy Cloke, chair of the trustees of Bungay Community Centre. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. Picture: Danielle Booden

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. Picture: Danielle Booden

The new Bungay Community Centre on Old Grammar Lane. - Credit: Danielle Booden


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