Preston community centre is reopened for families

Mayor of Preston Coun Nick Pomfret at reopening of Farringdon Park Community Centre

Mayor of Preston Coun Nick Pomfret at reopening of Farringdon Park Community Centre

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A community centre has reopened almost two years after being closed down.

Farringdon Park Community Centre shut its doors in May 2013 after community organisations Signposts closed, but has now been reopened by the Mayor of Preston.

Reopening: The Mayor of Preston at the reopening of Farringdon Park Community Centre

Reopening: The Mayor of Preston at the reopening of Farringdon Park Community Centre

More than 100 people turned out to the opening, and the centre will now offer activities for youngsters from across the area.

Volunteers have set up a community interest company called Farri Park CIC, which is taking care of the management of the centre.

CIC director Dot Halliwell said: “The centre was closed and the residents’ association, Residents of Farringdon and Thirlmere (RAFT), applied to run it using volunteers.

“It took us nearly two years to jump through all the hoops and, after trial and error, we managed to get the keys in February.

It took us nearly two years to jump through all the hoops and, after trial and error, we managed to get the keys in February.

Dot Halliwell

“Since then we have started up the groups and we are hoping to develop it pretty quickly.”

Dot, who is also the secretary of RAFT, said the centre was “needed” in the area.

She said: “We are isolated in Farringdon Park.

“We are out on a limb really, we are a little, isolated community that needs something of its own to attract the youngsters and keep them off the streets.”

The centre was reopened by Mayor of Preston Coun Nick Pomfret at a special family open day with crafts, music and a bouncy castle.

Dot said: “It has been an enormous effort, but it’s been worth it because the children are so grateful and we can tell they are really pleased.”