New Mill social centre chairman voted in

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A COMMITTEE was formed to manage a social centre that has been earmarked to be pulled down to make way for a residential development.

Paul Messenger was voted in as the chairman for the New Mill Social Centre committee, which will keep it running until The Tring Team Parish makes positive progress with its plan to build a home for a chaplain in its place.

About 100 people attended the meeting at the social centre on Saturday, April 28 to find out about the future of the venue, which has been a popular place for the community’s parties and used for clubs for more than 100 years.

The community in the New Mill area of Tring have strongly opposed the idea of taking the social centre away so that a chaplain for Tring School can have a home built on the land.

Save New Mill Action Group was formed to campaign to keep it open.

Mr Messenger, who is the mill manager at Heygate and Sons, has lived in the area all his life and plans on working with the church to keep the social centre open for as long as possible.