5th June 2018

Sunday saw a great turn out, on a hot sunny day, for the official opening of Cranbrook’s new Community Shelter – built by young people of the town, for the use and enjoyment of residents. The ceremony was an opportunity for the young people to formally donate the shelter to the residents of Cranbrook and for it to be formally received on behalf of the town. The young people, who each received a certificate in recognition of their achievements, cut a gold ribbon to declare the shelter open, before posing for pictures!

They spoke brilliantly and passionately about how they had come up with the design (there’s a wonderful story behind that!) working with tools to bring out the character and beauty of the oak timber and operating as a team to complete the project over many months, in all weathers. In addition to learning construction skills, they had also clearly developed patience, resilience and communication skills as well as a love of working outdoors.

It really is a beautiful structure, so do stop by and take a look if you haven’t already done so. As well as being eye-catching, the shelter is designed to provide welcome shade for users of the Country Park on hot days.

[Pictured: The ceremony with shelter just in shot to the left and Harry receiving his certificate from Cllrs Barry Rogers & Andrew Moulding.]