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Published: 2 February 2024

Her Majesty The Queen makes royal visit to Cambridge community centre

This morning, Her Majesty The Queen, visited the Meadows Community Centre, Cambridge, where Royal Voluntary Service has a café, to celebrate its volunteers.

Her Majesty was joined by Julie Spence OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Cllr Jenny Gawthrope Wood, Mayor of Cambridge, Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service, Royal Voluntary Service café volunteers, students of St. Laurence Catholic Primary School, Sam Scharf, Director of Communities at Cambridge City Council, and the Meadows Community Centre staff.

Tasha Ghouri and Johannes Radebe, celebrities and Royal Voluntary Service Supporters, led ballroom and tap-dancing lessons, which Her Majesty enjoyed alongside the volunteers and guests at the Nigel Gawthrope Performance and Art’s Hall. The hall is named in honor the Cllr Gawthrope Wood’s late husband, Nigel, who was also Mayor of Cambridge and a city councillor. The visit also included a tour of the community centre facilities.

The sustainable community centre is part of our The Meadows and Buchan Street development.

It is designed to provide residents with access to valuable resources and a place to come together. It includes a state-of-the-art double-height hall, a family centre, a youth wing, the café run by Royal Voluntary Service, a pre-school, and bookable meeting rooms.

As part of the development 28 one and two-bedroom council-rent apartments will be delivered at Buchan Street, while a total of 78 one and two-bedroom apartments for council rent will be delivered at The Meadows.