Week of prayer and reflection is a first for Wantage community space, The Mix

Wantage Community Church will be the first local organisation to make use of the town’s new community space, The Mix.

The Church is to host a week of prayer and reflection there from January 20th to the 26th from 9.30am until 4pm each day. There will also be card making and scrap-booking activities and free coffee or tea and cake. Neil Townsend, the Pastor at Wantage Community Church, says: “As 2014 starts why not take some time out to think and reflect on the year that’s past and the year to come. What are your hopes and dreams for the year? Why not come and write them down at the Mix. It will be a safe space for everyone religious or not to reflect, pray, meet God and simply chat.”

Wantage Community Church can be contacted on 01235 771152 or via www.occ.org.uk/wantage for more information.

It’s the first in a series of community uses for The Mix. Wantage charity champion Ray Collins is booked in for two weeks from February 3rd to promote local charities, organisations and fund-raising activities in the town. Skill Share Saturdays – informal sessions where people can share knowledge of their hobbies with anyone who’s interested – start on February 1st in The Mix, with a Home Brewing session. The Wantage branch of Girl Guiding will take over the space for the day on March 1st (9am-5pm) when you can find out all about what Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers get up to. February half term sees some crafty activities for kids happening with Foam Clay (18th), Scrap Art (19th) and Decopatch (20th). For adults there’s Juice Carton Bag making on Saturday 22nd, and a Wantage Sewing Bee day is planned for March 8th, led by Hazel Griffin from the Crafting Cabin, and showcasing simple things that can be ‘upcycled’.

The new community space for Wantage has opened following the refurbishment of an empty shop on the town’s Mill Street. It’s being run by the non-profit cooperative group, Sustainable Wantage, and is available for local groups and organisations to hire, and host a range of skill share workshops, fund-raising activities and recycling, resource-saving and re-use initiatives. More details about hiring The Mix are on the website www.thewantagemix.wordpress.com/ or by calling Mim Norvell on 01235 766689.

The Mix project is contributing to the revival of Mill Street – adding to the momentum created by earlier openings including Bake’n’Shake, Lil Hellers and the Flashop pop up shop and its stage 2 pop up neighbour, and work starting on the planned “Buzz Cafe” in the old Bartlett’s carpet store. It also acts on a recommendation from the Wantage public meeting to pilot a community shop. The initiative is the latest being developed by Wantage’s town team as part of a town vitality project being driven through the town’s Joint Economic Forum.