Grant will help save centre

Daventry Community Centre.'Pictured are Sylvia Wilson, Ralph Wilson & Martin Harper
Daventry Community Centre.'Pictured are Sylvia Wilson, Ralph Wilson & Martin Harper

The future of Daventry 
community centre looks 
more secure thanks to a
grant from the town council to repair its leaking roof.

In a meeting on Monday DTC agreed to gift the Daventry Community Association a grant of £10,000 towards the £68,000 needed for the roof, subject to a grant from funding organisation SITA Trust.

Ralph Wilson, member of the association who uses the building to play short mat bowls, said: “If we hadn’t been able to get the roof done the building would have closed.

“There’s water leaking in through the felt and rotting the wood underneath and it has warped some of the sprung floorboards in places.”

The roof has been leaking for almost three years but has recently become more severe. Representatives from the playgroup, woodturning group, bowls group and the Phoenix Centre turned out to Monday’s meeting to show their support for the centre.

Mr Wilson said: “The building is a big part of Daventry and it brings people together. It was originally built in response to a large movement of people to Daventry from Birmingham.”

In a meeting in 1967 it was decided Daventry needed a community centre and land was leased from the then Daventry Borough Council at a peppercorn rent for 75 years.

More than 100 residents attended that original meeting and raised £4,000 of the £50,000 needed for the project.

The building is now used by dog training groups, dance classes, martial arts groups and various pre-school classes as well as being hired out for larger events and being put to use at election time.

Mr Wilson added: “We are in the final stages of our application for a £53,400 grant from SITA, we will know the result of that on July 15 but it looks very positive for us.”