CICC are holding a sister’s bring a dish party! On Saturday 1st February we’re going to gather together and take a little ‘me time’ to share delicious food, conversation, love and friendship. Please bring along your favourite Quranic ayat, Hadeeth, motivating quotes or a poem you love, to share, discuss and draw inspiration from to rejuvenate our eman.
Tickets will only be £3 per adult and £2 per child over the age of 3.
The event will be held from 2.30-5.30pm.
The venue for the event is:
The Oak Tree Centre
252 Harwich Road
Please put in the comments what dish you will bring. We are aiming for a buffet style spread such as samosas, sandwiches, chaat, fruit, hummus with vegetable crudites, pakoras, or any other delicious snacks.
Tickets are non-refundable
Colchester Islamic Community Centre
LANDMARK MOMENT FOR COLCHESTER ISLAMIC COMMUNITY CENTRE
Today is a landmark day for one of Colchester’s local charities. After two years of fundraising and searching for a suitable home for their community centre, Colchester Islamic Community Centre (CICC) are delighted by the Council’s decision to approve their “change of use” planning application allowing them to convert the Beehive Pub into a community centre and place of worship.
The Colchester Islamic Community Centre (CICC) will be the first community centre that will serve as a social hub for local Muslims and they are proud to share this space with the wider community. CICC already offers monthly coffee mornings, conferences, dish parties and sports events, as well as supporting local organisations like the Colchester Food Bank.
Local Muslims have been actively engaged in bringing their community together, using local facilities such as Firstsite and Acorn Hall for community get togethers and activities. One member of the community said: “a community centre is desperately needed for the Muslims of Colchester as at the moment we have to use various venues. I have been attending the various groups and found them to be beneficial. It is nice to be able to meet up with others”.
CICC would like to take the opportunity to thank all the people, from across different communities, who have offered them their private and public support and solidarity. They are delighted to have handed in a 1,400 signatory petition – in support of their new community centre – to the Council during Wednesday’s Planning Meeting.
Some bright and exciting opportunities lay ahead for this young, energetic charity, who hope to reach out to the local community and work closely with them to foster excellent relationships.
CICC is particularly keen to build relationships with the group that opposed their application. CICC Trustees said “We recognise the passions and disappointment that Save Our Beehive group feel in losing the Beehive pub. We hope that CICC can be a space where they feel welcome and can meet a diverse group of people. In the words of the late Jo Cox MP: “we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”. We are hopeful and enthusiastic about what we can accomplish together.”
Going forward, members of CICC are looking forward to a much needed break before they resume with plans to convert the property. Mr Sohail Choksy, Chair of CICC has said, “we hope to invite the local community over for some tea and cake in the new year to celebrate and make lifelong friends”. Follow them on Twitter @CICCentre to stay updated and find out more about them on their website at www.ciccentre.org.
Contact information: Info@ciccentre.org
CICC is a registered charity which was set up in 2017 with the aim of providing much needed community facilities, in particular for children, young people, women and the elderly. Building bridges with the local community and encouraging dialogue between different faith and community groups is essential to our work.
Our membership and donors are made up of local, mostly professional, and retired families. We are proud to have so many members working in public services, such as the NHS, in education, as well as local business people who help our local economy thrive. This community is active, generous and enthusiastic about making Colchester a wonderful home for their families and the wider community.
We have been actively seeking a suitable place to host our activities since 2017 and have been raising funds and saving up to buy our own place.
We were really excited to see the Beehive, Bromley Road, Colchester, for sale on Rightmove, since it fitted our needs. The Beehive was put on the open market in Feb 2019 and remained so until it was put under offer in September 2019.
Prior to purchasing the property, we made a pre-planning application to the council for change of use from pub to community centre and were given a positive response. We are delighted to have raised the full amount of £475,000 plus expenses from our community to purchase the property, which demonstrates the need, excitement and desire from locals to have this much needed community space.
The owners at the time, were pleased we were buying the property for use as a community facility rather than it being demolished by developers to build more houses.
We are encouraged by the endorsement and support of local councillors who have supported our endeavour since our inception. Cllr Tim Young has said; “I am very happy for my support for this excellent application to be made public. It is, I believe, something we should all be supporting as a caring, cohesive, friendly, welcoming community.”
We have recently attended a meeting, organised by local councillors, in Greenstead and met with local residents to address their concerns and share our community centre’s vision. We aimed to reassure residents that we will be considerate and kind neighbours and will provide a valuable community space which will have a range of programmes open to the whole community. Many Colchester residents, from diverse backgrounds, have welcomed this development and have written messages of support and encouragement.
Cllr Tim Young has said; “We [met] with local residents and representatives of the Colchester Islamic Community Centre to discuss and understand the issues involved. I am very glad to say that most of the residents were impressed by what was said, including the aims and objectives of the CICC.”
Activities we intend to run include: Coffee Clubs, Kids Clubs, Fitness classes, Educational Classes, Going Green classes; which will be all about teaching children and adults the importance of recycling and caring for our planet.
The Colchester Muslim community is a growing and generous community, who believe in supporting the town in which we live. In addition to donating the full funds needed to purchase this property, we also extend our spirit of generosity across the community and continue to support other charities such as the Colchester Food Bank, to whom we have donated to on numerous occasions, including over £1,000 just this month.
We are really keen to reach out to the local community to bring us all together and hope we can build long lasting friendships and partnerships.
Alhamdulillah we have just completed the final delivery of our most recent Food Bank collection. This years collection has surpassed all our expectations and we have more than doubled our previous amounts. Masha Allah, we managed to collect over £1025 and have purchased essential items from the Food Bank list. They actually ran out of shampoo when we made our first delivery. The volunteers were overwhelmed with the generosity of the community.
Our gratitude and appreciation goes to everyone that donated and are helping us to support our local community. We wanted our donations to benefit the local community in Greenstead where they have recently opened an outreach service.
May Allah reward everyone involved and especially those who donated. Ameen.