New visitor centre will tell story of the Pilgrims

John Handley, Chair, Nottinghamshire County Council; Chris Daniels, the
Hub; Adrian Gray, local author and historian; Dr Anna Scott, Heritage Consultant, Maggy Watkins, Pilgrims and Prophets tour guide, Chris Watkins
John Handley, Chair, Nottinghamshire County Council; Chris Daniels, the Hub; Adrian Gray, local author and historian; Dr Anna Scott, Heritage Consultant, Maggy Watkins, Pilgrims and Prophets tour guide, Chris Watkins

The new chair of Nottinghamshire County Council was invited to officially open a new Pilgrim Visitor Centre.

Coun John Handley cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony at The Hub in Churchgate, Retford.

John said: “It was my first official duty as Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council and we are delighted to be supporting this project which will help to promote the strong links this area has with the Pilgrims.

“It will help the local community to learn more about our fascinating history and also encourage many more people to visit the area.”

Chris Daniels from The Hub along with local design company Createinn, historian Adrian Gray, Sue Allan and Rick Brand worked together to create this imaginative, local resource which tells the story of the Pilgrims.

Using memorabilia, informative story boards, audio and visual props plus costumes the centre allows visitors of all ages to interact with the story.

Many volunteers also helped to construct the new visitor centre at the Retford Hub.

Chris Daniels said: “We have received generous funding from local businesses as well as Nottinghamshire County Council, however we would still like to hear from more local businesses that can support this high-profile project.

“Funds are still needed for the promotion of this pioneering resource. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and we have had a great response to our call out for volunteers and we are indebted to them for their help.

“We look forward to welcoming locals and visitors to the town who will be able to learn about the far-reaching influence that the area in and around Retford has had on the rest of the world.”

The Hub is run entirely by volunteers and is non-profit-making.