- Come and see the plans for the Marlborough Pavilion! Find out about our Sustfest 2021 event, 12-2pm on Sunday 6th June. Amuse yourself while here with our online Scavenger Hunt.
- CASH’s Annual report and financials: Read what we’ve been up to over the year here.
- Latest update on the Community Centre project: On Monday 2nd March, the Cottonmill and Sopwell Hub committee met with the SADC Marlborough Pavilion Project Management Team. Find out more here
- LoveWhereYouLive Send in your photos of places you love in Sopwell/Cottonmill
July 2021 Update
It’s hard to imagine that after three years campaigning, with all the support of many local community groups and residents, this summer 2021, we can now see the first designs of the new community hub, and planning permission has been approved!
Cottonmill and Sopwell Hub (CASH), is a resident-led group working in partnership with St Albans District Council (SADC) to provide a long-promised and much-needed community centre at the Marlborough Pavilion site in Sopwell ward.
Facilities like the Sopwell Youth Club and the King Offa pub have been lost over recent years and we plan to put something back!
Our petition in 2018, asking SADC to work with us, had an amazing response with over 1000 residents signing it. Several years later, with dedicated support from the council the hard work of actually building the centre can really begin!
Our growing team of volunteers continue to engage with the local community to identify needs and wishes, gain support and move the project on. Next steps are to explore funding, form solid partnerships with local groups and research facility options.
We intend to fund this project through grants, crowdfunding and local council and business support. Large funders like The Big Lottery, Sports England and other large trusts ideally want to see applications from groups working in solid partnerships with local council, residents, other community groups and with some local business backing.
Talks with St Albans District Council are ongoing, and researching the facilities required are in progress.
In 2018 and 2019 we visited other centres e.g. Fleetville Community Centre and Hampson Park Community Centre in Stevenage; Watford and Leavesden Cycling Hubs and Batchwood Sports Centre. We thought that combining a sports facility with a community hub would be a positive way forward. This would create more options for physical activity for both young people and adults, work towards a healthy Sopwell, and be an additional ‘draw’ for locals.
Cafe and Indoor Space
We believe that a café with outdoor area will attract young families. We know that we need good quality indoor space for e.g. toddlers play groups, and youth club provision. We would like to offer space for other groups e.g. Repair Shed for older, isolated men, and the local Food Bank, as well as generic community provision and activity classes.
To get involved or receive updates on our progress, follow us on social media or contact us here
Website photos credits:
Marlborough site aerial view: Barry Block, Marlborough Trails.
All other website photos are attributed to Cottonmill and Sopwell Hub unless otherwise stated.