After more than 10 years trying on their own, the 1st Stalham Sea Scout Group agreed to the formation of The Poppy Centre Trust as it seemed a group representing several youth organisations from the community would have more success in raising funds for a replacement building than one that was just raising funds for Scouting. A committee was formed and representatives from the Scouts, Youth Football Club, Guides, Brass Band, and Town Council all voted in favour of plans drawn up for a new building to replace the old Scout hut and take over the old footprint of the football club.
The constitution of the Poppy Centre reads:
The provision and maintenance of an amenities centre for the benefit of the inhabitants of Stalham and Happing area without distinction of political, religious or other opinions including use for meetings of youth associations and other forms of education, recreation and leisure time occupations in the interest of the social welfare of the inhabitants and with the object of improving their conditions of life.
Once established the building will provide young people with a safe, secure environment in which to meet where they can develop life and social skills, increase self-esteem, build confidence in their own abilities, express themselves and work as a team member.
Why is it called the Poppy Centre?
It is called the Poppy Centre because the committee was formed on Armistice day, 11 November 2004, Poppy is the flower associated with Norfolk, and Stalham Recreation Ground is a WW1 and WW2 memorial ground.
What does the building offer?
- 800 m² of usable activity floor space over two floors
- Under floor heating system allowing for a steady climate control of the building
- Ventilation and heat recovery system
- Shutters to windows to protect from anti social behaviour
- Plenty of storage for user groups
- Main hall, suitable for indoor sports and leisure activities, seating for 150 people, 12 lockable storage cupboards
- A large kitchen, suitable for small catering events, small healthy eating cookery classes
- Entrance area with seating including lockable office with hatch for receiving visitors
- A platform lift for access to the first floor
- A large drive in storage area, suitable for camping equipment etc
- Male, female and disabled toilet facilities
- A self contained football club area, two changing rooms with showers, benches, hooks etc
- Linesman/referee changing/shower room
- Male/female/disabled toilet facility
- Lockable storage area, accessed from the exterior for the football club use
- All toilet/changing room areas have wet room floor finishes/floor drains for easy cleaning
- Large activity room, with folding divide, including sink/tea/coffee making area
- Two smaller activity rooms
- Multiple storage cupboards for groups
- Plant room