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Best Social and Community Project

The Palace is pleased to announce that they have been awarded Best Social and Community Project in the East Midlands Market Towns Awards 2007, organised by Action for Market Towns. The Award was presented to Wendy Hall and Corinne Male from the Management Committee at the East Midlands Rural Affair Forum 6th Annual Conference on Wednesday 11th July, at the Pera Innovation Park, Melton Mowbray.

This is the fourth year of the National Market Towns Awards Scheme which gives recognition to the dedication and hard work of the many small towns across the country who are working to revitalise their town centres and create sustainable rural communities. Ibstock was also a winner in 2005, when Ibstock Community Enterprises Ltd won best Business & Economy Project with Project 57.

This Award is a tribute to the hard work of the many volunteers who have come together to help bring the Palace back into productive use as a community centre. Wendy Hall said:

“We are delighted that all our hard work over many years has paid off and that the success of the Palace has been recognised in this way. We are very grateful to everyone who has helped in any way, large or small, to make this happen, and to everyone who continues to support us by coming to events and buying tickets – this Award is as much for them as it is for us”.


The Awards for 2007 were for projects that were substantially completed in the year April 2006 to March 2007.

Phase 1 of the Palace Community Centre Ltd was completed in August and opened on 7 September 2006. Funding for Phase 1 came from:

The refurbishment of the Palace cost £220,000 and the work was undertaken by John Merrison (Building Contractors) Ltd to a design by DEK Architects.

Film was reintroduced with Pirates of the Caribbean on Friday 9 February 2007, with monthly films and weekly bingo on Thursday nights in March 2007. The Palace now has a regular mixed programme of activities, including a monthly market, exercise, old people’s friendship groups and parent and toddler groups, as well as concerts, drama and other special events.

There were four categories in the Market Towns Awards: Business and Economy; Environment and Culture (won by North West Leicestershire District Council for Ashby Arts Festival); and partnership working.

For more information please contact;

Rachel Elliott (01530) 262882 or Jayne Bogunovic (01530) 262972
or email; enquiries@thepalaceibstock.co.uk

Winner 2007