Friends of Castle Green take over the Canoe Centre in Hereford

Hereford Times: Friends of the Castle Green are taking over the former Castle Green Training Centre and Canoe Centre. Seen L to R are: Amanda Attfield, Lisa Richardson, Mark Hubbard, Ian Doody & Annabel Croft. Friends of the Castle Green are taking over the former Castle Green Training Centre and Canoe Centre. Seen L to R are: Amanda Attfield, Lisa Richardson, Mark Hubbard, Ian Doody & Annabel Croft.

A COMMUNITY group with designs on an old art school are drawing on Hereford’s Regency past for inspiration.
The Friends of Castle Green (FCG) have this week sketched out their most ambitious project to date - converting what’s long been called the “canoe centre”.
FCG sees the site as so much more, planning a whole new future for the site rooted in its Regency origins.
Negotiations between FCG and Herefordshire Council are so far advanced that the site’s restoration could be launched as soon as the Friend’s Christmas Fayre next Sunday (Dec 2).
Before being labelled as the Canoe Centre, the building was an art college and has, in fact, taken on several roles over recent years.
FCG has ambitious ideas for a full Regency restoration so the site - originally gifted to the city - gets a fitting and self-sustaining future.
“The timing could not have been more perfect,” said FCG chair Mark Hubbard. “Council budget cuts were threatening the long term future of the youth canoe facility and we have pledged to do everything in our power to keep it running.”
Ideas already discussed by an FFG steering group include an education offer, river activities, a community festival and events management service and a cafe/restaurant/bar.
Amanda Attfield, steering group chairman, said the building will be open for the public to see its potential for themselves at the Christmas Fayre.
“We’d like to hear what people think of our plans and for them to make suggestions of their own. We want the community to be at the heart of this building’s future, indeed it is the only way we shall succeed,” she said.
FCG identified the old art college as a medium/long term project some years ago. It is currently run by Hoople Ltd as the Castle Green Training Centre and houses the council’s Youth Canoe Centre, recently earmarked for a commercial viability test or even closure.

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1:01pm Thu 29 Nov 12

OwenH says...

Great wprk guys, big society in action.
Great wprk guys, big society in action. OwenH
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1:51pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Herefordian07 says...

Once again we see that Cllr Mark Hubbard really does care about Hereford and its people, well done to you all on this project.
Once again we see that Cllr Mark Hubbard really does care about Hereford and its people, well done to you all on this project. Herefordian07
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10:45am Fri 30 Nov 12

mizza21 says...

Excellent.
Hereford makes such little use of river frontage and the Wye is so beautiful.
If we were in Italy there'd be cafes and boutiques (whatever they are) along riverside walks with discreet benches made for 2 people to sit and canoodle(whatever that means) too.
Excellent. Hereford makes such little use of river frontage and the Wye is so beautiful. If we were in Italy there'd be cafes and boutiques (whatever they are) along riverside walks with discreet benches made for 2 people to sit and canoodle(whatever that means) too. mizza21
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12:38pm Sat 1 Dec 12

dippyhippy says...

Fantastic ! Once again,Mark Hubbard is giving the rest of the council a lesson in how to do the job properly.Here is a man who has taken on this role for all the right reasons - others could learn a lot from this guy.But wait,I forgot,he still has "training" to undertake - its HIM who should be training THEM!!
Fantastic ! Once again,Mark Hubbard is giving the rest of the council a lesson in how to do the job properly.Here is a man who has taken on this role for all the right reasons - others could learn a lot from this guy.But wait,I forgot,he still has "training" to undertake - its HIM who should be training THEM!! dippyhippy
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