Princess Anne set to visit Boston’s new community hub

Princess Anne visiting Boston Stump to open the Puritan Path around the Stump.
Princess Anne visiting Boston Stump to open the Puritan Path around the Stump.
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A new community hub that houses two Boston charities will be officially opened by Princess Anne tomorrow (Thursday).

Chantry House is the new headquartersof Boston’s Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and the Boston Mayflower Housing Association.

HRH Princess Royal will be given a tour of the building and will meet staff and volunteers.

The Princess Royal will also unveil a plaque and meet people who have used the hub.

Chief Executive Officer of Boston CAB, Stuart Hellon, said: “This community hub is the first of its kind involving a housing association and CAB.

“It is helping to ensure the best service is available to our clients and customers. It also provides a unique working environment for staff and volunteers. Since moving to Chantry House we have been able to see 25 per cent more clients.”

The Community Hub is a one-stop-shop offering information and advice on everything from housing to debt management and the Government’s welfare reforms.

It opened in June and features free internet access to advice websites and 11 interview rooms. Year on year Mayflower’s monthly footfall is up by an average of 81 per cent.

The hub also promotes services such as the Lincolnshire Credit Union and those for domestic abuse sufferers.

Boston Mayflower Chief Executive Murray Macdonald said:

“It will be fantastic to show HRH Princess Anne our shared Community Hub and newly refurbished offices. We will showcase how the hub is working for the Boston community and how our joined up approach to informing customers is paying dividends for everyone.”

MP Mark Simmonds toured in October and said: “This new hub is a national first and is certainly working very well for the benefit of the people of Boston. I have seen first-hand the excellent customer service provided.”

While in Boston the Princess Royal will also take a look at Boston Stump and the damage caused by last week’s flood.