Princess Anne impressed by Boston’s ‘community hub’

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The Princess Royal visited Boston last week to formally open the town’s new ‘community hub’ – and made a special effort to visit the Stump to see the damage caused by the flood.

Princess Anne toured Chantry House, on Lincoln Lane, last Thursday to see the town’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Mayflower Housing Association’s new base.

The royal was given a tour and met staff and volunteers. She also unveiled a plaque.

Chief executive officer of Boston CAB Stuart Hellon said: “Princess Anne thought the hub, and the fact the two organisations are working together, was great and should be a model for other areas.

“Following the flooding in the town the Princess Royal could see first-hand how important the Community Hub is for the people of the town.”

The hub was purpose-built to be a one-stop shop offering information and advice on everything from housing services to debt management and the new welfare reforms.

It features free internet access to advice websites and has 11 interview rooms.

Mayor of Boston Coun Paul Kenny, who is also involved with Mayflower said: “She was impressed with what she saw and believes that we are doing something that the rest of the country could benefit from emulating.

“She also asked about last week’s floods. She said she was so sorry to hear that so many people had been affected but she was impressed by the way our local community had come together to support each other.”

Princess Anne then made an unscheduled visit to Boston Stump. She personally requested to see the town’s landmark building to look at the damage caused by the recent flood.

The Princess Royal is patron of the restoration appeal.

Director of development at the church Peter Coleman said: “She spent about 45 minutes in the building and met everybody from the church. She also had a long chat with the recovery crew who were in the church cleaning it out.

“She was very sympathetic, and I think she was quite shocked by what had happened.”