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23 July 2018

Children’s Flag Parade celebrates the Official Opening of the Storey’s Field Centre

Storey’s Field Centre celebrates its official opening with a stunning flag parade by local school children and representatives from local government and the University of Cambridge.

On Friday 20 July, the Storey’s Field Centre, a new community centre and performing arts venue at Eddington was officially opened by local school children with a stunning flag parade. The Storey’s Field Centre is open to residents, neighbours and the wider public to enjoy the range of community groups and performance events.

The official opening was attended by 100 representatives from the University of Cambridge, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, alongside the wider community. The highlight of the opening saw over 160 children parading around Eddington, sashaying to Brook Leys, the new lake and parkland before returning to the Storey’s Field Centre for a community afternoon which included family friendly activities including face painting, sports, archaeological displays and music. In the evening, Cambridge super-group, Cath Coombs and the Awesome Soul Collective rounded off the day of celebrations playing some of the best loved soul and funk classics.

Richard Brown, Storey’s Field Centre Manager said, “The flag project and opening events will help to build lasting partnerships with local schools, artists, and the wider community. We hope that these partnerships will develop further as more people discover and explore both the community centre and Eddington.”

Flying the flags for the Centre

Kinetika International has worked with children from four local schools (University of Cambridge Primary School, Mayfield Primary, St Luke’s Primary, Girton Glebe Primary) over six months to create the stunning array of flags which represents each child’s heritage, hobbies and connections to Cambridge.

The Eddington Flag project was funded by Cambridge City Council and Girton Town Charity, and was initiated by Dr James Biddulph, the head teacher of University of Cambridge Primary School, working in partnership with Cambridge City Council’s Neighbourhood Community Development Team and the local schools.

An architectural gem for the community

The Storey’s Field Centre is a landmark building at the heart of Eddington and has been awarded a national award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The Storey’s Field Centre fulfils a social and cultural role for residents at Eddington, as well as the wider Cambridge community. The beautiful single-storey building – which has a main hall and two multi-purpose rooms – was specifically created to meet a wide range of uses, including community activities, performing arts and private events. The acoustics for the main hall can be adjusted to suit various events, from a film screening to a chamber music performance. It has already hosted music events, toddler groups, woodcraft gatherings and weddings as well as many more.

Designed by architectural practice McInnes Usher McKnight Architects (MUMA), the building has been designed to BREEAM Outstanding level, using natural passive ventilation throughout the building, photovoltaic panels, recycled rainwater to flush toilets and a site-wide district heating network for underground heating.

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the official opening of the Storey's Field Centre
Colourful flags paraded in front of the centre and around Eddington by local school children
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