Community effort to help fix centre roof

Roof repairs at the Daventry Community Centre.'Pictured in the foreground L to R are  - Maureen Proud, Stuart Mundell, Dean Cleaver & Megan Nelson
Roof repairs at the Daventry Community Centre.'Pictured in the foreground L to R are - Maureen Proud, Stuart Mundell, Dean Cleaver & Megan Nelson
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A PLAYGROUP has been saved after a number of people rallied round to fix the roof at Daventry Community Centre.

The group, which is used by 31 children, was facing the threat of closure in September due to the state of the roof.

But after some generous donations and hard work it will now be able to continue for the foreseeable future.

Dean Cleaver, who lives in Daventry and works as a tutor for Oxford-based ACE Training, spoke to his employers who were happy for him to take time out to help the community centre.

ACE Training also sent along four students who are on a pre-apprenticeship training course in site carpentry.

On top of that Daventry-based Langley Waterproofing Systems Ltd has donated more than 80 square metres of roof waterproofing felts to help with the repairs.

The work will provide a temporary fix, with the community centre still needing to raise a total of £75,000 to complete full repairs

Maureen Proud, who works at the community centre, said: “The education authority have been putting pressure on us to fix the roof and said if we don’t the playgroup will be closed in September, so this work will save the playgroup.

“It’s a temporary fix so we still need to do a proper job for the long term, but it’s really helpful. We are planning on applying for a major grant in the near future.

“I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by all the support we have received, it’s wonderful.”

Mr Cleaver added: “My daughter dances at the community centre and I have seen the problems they have here. It’s something I wanted to help with and luckily my employees have let me do it with the help of some of our apprentices.

“It would be great if local businesses could help out in future and maybe donate materials and things like doors and windows.”

Office manager at Langley Stuart Mundell said: “The centre has an important role to play in the Daventry community. As our staff at head office are all local and have used the facility over many generations we got in touch to ask how we could help.

“We’ve donated a number of high quality roofing materials which will go towards keeping the centre protected from the elements for many years.”