New community building in Ballydehob nearing completion

Posted on: 11th April, 2017

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

A final push is on to complete a new community building in Ballydehob. Fundraising for the outdoor education centre at An Sanctoir has been ongoing for several years and the latest successful phase means that a turf roof can now be added to the structure.

Designed and built by Christy Collard, who is well-known for his all-natural green buildings, the new centre will host a series of events over the coming months, starting with an upcoming cob oven workshop on May 20 and 21, where participants will learn how to build an outdoor stove using only natural materials. This new addition will create a focus for the new centre, as bread or pizza can be baked on site.

Freelance artist and Ballydehob resident Susy Freelove aka Cremers, who initiated the whole project and has been instrumental in keeping up the momentum, said: “The initial idea was to have an onsite kitchen for the annual Kids Camp, which has been going strong for 18 years. Normally it would entail hiring a marquee and setting it up and taking it down. Now that the shelter is built we can host numerous camps and events with little preparation. Also it will provide a much-needed venue for Youth to learn about the outdoors, as well as a place for people to meet and be together in Nature. It will provide a place for networking and connecting both to others and the environment around us. It will be available to all.”

Freelove, who is passionate about the project, plans to raise funding for further phases of the building, including a wooden floor and some stone walls. She has organised an Easter Extravaganza ‘Spring into Spring’ consisting of classes and events for adults and children all at An Sanctoir starting on April 8 and continuing through out the Easter holidays. The highlight will be a singer songwriter concert at 8pm on Good Friday featuring local musicians.

Other events, which will be held at the centre later in the year, include a singer-songwriter camp for young people from June 23 to 25 and a kids’ camp from July 17 to 20.

The new building is part of An Sanctoir, a community centre on 23 acres of land just outside the village of Ballydehob off the N71 on the way to Bantry.  Anyone interested in getting involved please contact An Sanctoir.

Details of all upcoming events relating to this project can be found on: www.ansanctoir.ie or on facebook for ‘Spring into Spring’.

Designed and built by Christy Collard, who is well-known for his all-natural green buildings, the new centre (above) will host a series of events over the coming months

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