Mark revisits re-opened Tanterton Community Centre in Ingol(June 19, 2014)
Mark will be visiting the new Tanterton Community Centre in Ingol on Friday 20th June 2014.
The centre closed last year after the Morecambe-based group Signposts, which ran two other centres in Preston at Grange and Farrington Park, went into voluntary receivership. Concerned local resident, David Speakman, quickly formed the Tanterton Community Centre Action Group group which was made up of members of the local community to try and save the facility. The group formed a Company Limited by Guarantee and are currently applying for charitable status.
With initial funding help from Preston City Council and Ingol & Tanterton Neighbourhood Council, the Centre has re-opened and has been up and running for the last three months. Over thirty volunteers help run a variety of activities at the Centre and the group plan to open up a Community Café within the next few months to enable them to become a self-sustained, not-for-profit community organisation.
Mark with (from left) Alan Brookes, Bill Shannon and David Speakman
Currently, the Centre attracts over 40 children and young people at the Youth Groups and holds Zumba classes, Morris Dancing classes, an over-55s group run in partnership with Age Concern Central Lancashire, Baby and Toddler sessions and an up and coming ‘Tanterton’s Got Talent’ style group which is looking to put on a musical’s themed Christmas show. Plans are also underway to introduce boxercise classes and a Girl Guides group at the Centre.
Lead Volunteer, David Speakman said: “Things are looking good, its early days yet as we have only been open for three months but we are already well ahead of where we thought we would be. All the work is done by people from within the community and because we know what they want, we can provide the right services.”
Mark Hendrick said: “It is fantastic to see how this group has pulled together to save a vital community facility which serves a whole range of people from babies to older people. Its impressive to see so many dedicated volunteers who are putting their time, energy and effort into ensuring that this time around, the Centre continues to operate and be fully utilised for the benefit of the whole community.”
Tanterton Community Centre
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