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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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New community centre is for the whole town

A new community centre to serve the whole of Cockermouth will open tomorrow.

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Cheers: Highfield Community Centre committee members, from left, Robert Chapman, Mary Mitchelhill, and Graham Sherriff

The Highfield Community Association has turned the old changing rooms building, off Highfield Road, into a hub for the community.

The association took over the lease of the building, owned by Allerdale council, last November.

It had planned to open it in April but, according to association chairman Robert Chapman, there was more work to be done than they had expected.

The members had to replace water pipes and install new windows.

They have kept two changing rooms for use by Highfield Football Club.

Two further changing rooms were knocked through to create a bigger main room and kitchen.

The work has cost about £6,000 in grant money.

Mr Chapman, of Wasdale Close, said: “There’s been lots of sweat and blood but no tears yet. It could not be better, and we are absolutely thrilled to bits.

“Everybody has been behind us, and we cannot thank the Highfield estate residents enough.”

A kitchen has been donated, as well as paint, furniture, crockery and glasses.

The group plans to hold regular morning coffee and afternoon tea sessions for pensioners, and parent and child groups.

Organisations such as Age UK and housing association Your Derwent & Solway will also be invited to hold drop-in sessions.

Everyone is welcome to the opening, at 2pm tomorrow. Refreshments will be served and people are invited to look around and suggest how the building could be used.

Mr Chapman hopes more volunteers will come forward to boost the 11-person committee.

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Well done to all those involved.

Posted by TA on 14 June 2014 at 13:59

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