Community building saved from closure

mhde-23-07-13-community centre-July25'Pictured, Town councillors and staff and children of the playgroup celebrating that a grant has saved the Daventry community centre.
mhde-23-07-13-community centre-July25'Pictured, Town councillors and staff and children of the playgroup celebrating that a grant has saved the Daventry community centre.
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Daventry Community Centre has been saved from closure following a £54,500 grant from SITA.

The building, which is used by several clubs and societies, has been leaking water through the roof for almost three years and has damaged the wooden floor inside.

mhde-23-07-13-community centre-July25'Pictured,From the left,Maureen Proud,(play group and centre manager), Cllr Pete and Cllr Maureen Luke (Town councillors) and children, celebrating that a grant has saved their  community centre.

mhde-23-07-13-community centre-July25'Pictured,From the left,Maureen Proud,(play group and centre manager), Cllr Pete and Cllr Maureen Luke (Town councillors) and children, celebrating that a grant has saved their community centre.

Users of the building were relieved this week after the funding organisation approved the grant which, along with a £10,000 grant from Daventry Town Council, will be used for repairs.

Manager of the playgroup which uses the centre, Maureen Proud, said without the funding the playgroup would have closed.

She said: “If we hadn’t got the grant it would probably have been the end of the playgroup after 27 years.

“When I got the letter from SITA I was really excited, I texted everyone to tell them the good news!”

The community association hopes work will begin on the building shortly.

Association member, Ralph Wilson, said: “I am very chuffed about the grant and work should start very soon. We hope to get the building back to the good condition it was when it first opened.”

Cllr Moreen Luke said the town council gave the grant as the centre is very valuable to the community.

She said: “It’s a fantastic building that has disabled access and was built and paid for by the people of Daventry. It’s very valuable and I’m thrilled it’s saved.”

Husband Peter Luke added: “We are lacking in community facilities, especially in this part of town so this building is an asset.”