Holmes Chapel Volunteers support new community centre with clean up day!
On Saturday 24th October, Everybody Sport and Recreation held a community clean up day for local residents, community groups and volunteers to help with the outside works at the new Holmes Chapel Community Centre.
Volunteers from the area came out in full force to support the new centre which is set to be the heart of the community and they were not phased or put off by the tough weather conditions on a gloomy Autumn day.Works included cutting and clearing hedgerows and bushes, sweeping paths full of leaves, removing waste and debris and clearing the entrance to the car park.
Volunteers included Brian Bath (Parish Councillor), Stuart Gammon (Holmes Chapel Partnership), Mrs Gammon, George Emmet and children, Alan Perrin (Holmes Chapel U3A), Frank Mitchell, Mike Luckett and Trevor Jones.
Holmes Chapel Community Centre (previously The AP Club) has been purchased by Holmes Chapel Parish Council for community use, including the sports field and former bowling green. The Parish Council has leased the site to Everybody Sport and Recreation on a 25 year lease to manage on their behalf and to bring the site back into full community use.
Everybody and Holmes Chapel Parish Council are currently investing in repairs and improvements to the site with the aim of re-opening around late November 2015.
Graham Middleton, Centre Manager commented, “It was so good to see such a huge turn out from local people in Holmes Chapel for the community clean up day. It gave them a chance to see first hand how the site is improving and enabled them to take pride in their new community centre.
“There was a lot to do on the outside of the centre to make it more visible and appealing to passers by and visitors. Thank you to all the volunteers who spared the time and helped out on the day. Local business also supported us including Morrey’s of Holmes Chapel who donated 10 pairs of gardening gloves and a number of garden debris bags! We are looking forward to welcoming the public and businesses in late November to join.”
Facilities at the community centre are to include:
- 48 station fitness suite
- Activity, Dance and Aerobic Studio
- Changing facilities
- Sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi
- Sports field with rugby pitch, junior football pitches and external changing rooms
- Bar and social rooms
- Training and meeting rooms
The former badminton and squash facilities will be converted into an improved fitness offer. Sports facilities remain available at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centrenearby.
Use of the site will be subject to a joining fee of £15 to cover the cost of the site purchase by the Parish Council, this fee is waived for residents of Holmes Chapel. This joining fee is applicable for casual and membership based activities. Existing Everybody members will be able to use the site subject to the above joining fee.
Take a look behind the scenes at phase 1 of the new Holmes Chapel Community Centre refurbishment and find out more about what is to come here:
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