see Duke of Kent open new £6.2m YMCA centre
Several Burnham-On-Sea residents were among 200 guests invited
to watch the Duke of Kent formally open Bridgwater YMCAs
£6.2million new centre for homeless young people on Wednesday
Duke was given a guided tour of Gerald Townsend House, where he
met staff who support and motivate residents to fulfil their aspirations.
During the visit, he also met those involved in the building
project, as well as local dignitaries, staff, volunteers and many
community groups involved in the YMCA.
The Duke told the guests - who included Burnham's Cllr Neville
Jones - that the buildings were "something to be proud of"
and they would prove "valuable not only for young people
but for the whole community."
Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) invested £2.1 million
in the project, alongside a Somerset County Council investment
of £100,000, a further £100,000 from the legacy of
a lifelong Bridgwater YMCA supporter and active member, Gerald
Townsend, and £3.9million of funding from the Department
for Education (DfE) and administered by the Big Fund (BIG), the
non-Lottery funding operation of the Big Lottery Fund.
Cllr Jones told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The opening was a great
occasion for such a fine building. The YMCA do a lot of very good
work locally, including in Highbridge at Wade House."