Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire (VANEL) has teamed up with North East Lincolnshire County Council, and Member organisation, Capacity Buildings Ltd, to transform a tired and disused old beach hut in Cleethorpes, into a place that can be enjoyed by the whole community. The refurbishment comes following a £1,500 donation from the Lincolnshire Sheriff’s Tribune Trust.
Beach Hut Number Nine officially opened for use of the community on Friday 16th September 2016. The idea to renovate the beach hut came about following a suggestion by Community Cohesion Officer, Steve Lynn. Steve, a regular walker, noticed that some of the huts based to the rear of Meridian Showground were looking “a little sad”. Recognising an opportunity to convert the beach hut into a space that the whole community could benefit from, Steve leased beach hut number nine from the council, on behalf of Capacity Buildings, in association with VANEL. The project has been worked on in partnership with the Youth Offending Service, which helped out with refurbishing the beach hut over the summer period. The hut has been created for the whole community to use. In particular, the hut will provide a safe place for families suffering from the effects of violence and antisocial behaviour in their communities, allowing them to get the respite they need, free of charge. The hut will also be an excellent base for school children to use and enjoy as they learn about our local heritage and the environment. The hut is equipped with a cooker and play equipment, such as volleyball nets, badminton kits and cricket sets, for families to enjoy whilst using the facility. The hut is equipped with cold running water that is suitable for drinking, as well as tea and coffee.
Since the beach hut opened less than two week ago, it has already been used by a school for a pirate-themed event. It is hoped that other schools and local groups from around the area will also want to make use of this fantastic facility. Improvements to the newly-renovated beach hut are ongoing and Steve, and his team, are continuing to bid for funding to carry out maintenance and also cover the cost of any repairs that may be needed.
In attendance of the grand opening of Beach Hut Number Nine was The Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Christina McGiligan-Fell, who officially opened the hut, with the help of Sara Beasley. Also in attendance, and directly involved with the project, were VANEL employee’s Steve Lynn and Josh Short, members of the Community Safety Partnership Team, Victoria Henley and Rebecca Freeman, and the Director of Capacity Building Ltd, Richard Wendel-Jones.
If you would like to make use of the Beach Hut, as either an individual or an organisation, contact Steve Lynn.
Tel: (01472) 324 944.