Sutton’s New Cross are needs local champions

COMMUNITY leaders in Sutton are looking for someone to champion the New Cross area of the town.

New Cross Community Church, which is based on Downing Street, wants to hear from residents of any age who can help boost the profile of the area.

Over the past 10 years, more than 200,000 people have used the facilities at New Cross Community Church, which hosts a range of activities such as concerts, films, lunch clubs, pantomimes and much more.

Now church members are searching for people to join the New Cross Together group, which will drive forward new ideas for the area.

Leading the initiative will be the New Cross Project Champion and this will be a paid position.

New Cross is one of the most deprived areas in the East Midlands - but church members hope that the project will breathe new life into the area by focusing on key areas such as environment, enterprise, community activities and young people.

The Rev Frank Crowther said: “We are working towards a better New Cross.

“The job of this person will be to draw these things together and make sense of it all.”

Also involved in the ambitious project are The Rev Tim Mitchell, who is Priest-in-charge at New Cross Community Church, along with Methodist Minister Alan Boyd.

The Rev Mitchell said the Champion would be someone who is professional and understands the needs of the community.

He added: “I think it is an exciting way forward for the community,”

Anyone interested in taking part should go to a meeting at New Cross Community Hall, on Downing Street, on 28th November at 7.30pm.

Refreshments will be available from 6.45pm. If you are not able to make it to the meeting but would like more details call Frank on Mansfield or 443251 or 515540.

For more details on what is happening in New Cross visit www.newcrosscommunityinitiative.co.uk.