Plans for a new charity hub in a former Banbury nightclub were revealed at an informal reception at the town hall last Friday.
Le Royale in Butchers Row was bought by charity Style Acre last year with the aim to turn it into a multi-functional hub for people with learning disabilities.
Refurbishment work is due to begin in April and when the project is completed in September it will house four supported living flats, a cafe and a second-hand book and craft shop. It is set to give about 60-80 adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities the opportunity to learn new skills and find volunteering and employment opportunities.
The event was hosted by town mayor Nicholas Turner who took the opportunity to give £100 to the charity’s chief executive Kate Liddle. Also on hand was Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry, who said: “If one looks at the plans and design and all the work which has gone into this so far it’s going to be absolutely outstanding.” Style Acre’s vice patron, television presenter John Craven, said he was ‘tremendeously impressed’ with the charity and added it encourages people with learning disadvantages to make the most out of what they have got. The charity has received support and donations from Banbury Charities, the town council, Mondelez, J&M Humphris Funeral Directors, Hook Norton Brewery and ProDrive.