A VILLAGE is celebrating the opening of a community hub.
The Hive is based in a former bakery in Station Road, Ushaw Moor and has been set up by the Ushaw Moor Action Group, which runs a community garden.
It will be used by a Durham Agency Against Crime youth project, the local Age Concern group and a mother and toddler group.
The action group has also operated a fruit and vegetable shop that will be open on Fridays and Saturdays.
The building will also host computer training, a Thursday youth drop-in and a health awareness course.
“It is a brand new community building,” said group chairman John Booth.
“We didn’t have a building in Ushaw Moor that all the community could access.”
The first year costs of about £20,000 have been met with funding from the National Lottery Awards for All, Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Sherburn Hospital.
Mr Booth said Coun John Wilkinson was also supporting the project from his neighbourhood budget.