Prince’s Trust gives Tanterton Village Centre a facelift

Volunteers from the Princes Trust have worked  to decorate the Tanterton Village Centre, front row, from left, team leader Sue Wilson, Chelsea Meehan, Lisa Turner, Jenna Elwell and UCLan social work student Sian Osborn, back row, from left, James Scarborough BAE Systems, Amanya Harris, Liam Brown, board member Liz Soole, Corey Gould, Zoran Stojnic and team leader Daniel Scadeng

Volunteers from the Princes Trust have worked to decorate the Tanterton Village Centre, front row, from left, team leader Sue Wilson, Chelsea Meehan, Lisa Turner, Jenna Elwell and UCLan social work student Sian Osborn, back row, from left, James Scarborough BAE Systems, Amanya Harris, Liam Brown, board member Liz Soole, Corey Gould, Zoran Stojnic and team leader Daniel Scadeng

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A community centre has been given a facelift thanks to youngsters from the Prince’s Trust.

Tanterton Village Centre reopened in May, a year after it was boarded up, when it was taken over by an action group of residents.

Now the hub has been given a new lease of life, and the team is hoping to create a new community café.

Director and board member Alan Brookes said: “It looks new, it looks refreshed, it’s revitalised. It just looks better and feels better, it looks more inviting.” The centre has now been open about six months, and Alan said it had taken a lot of hard work.

He said: “Things like negotiating gas and electric, the mechanics of it, and then trying to resurrect a centre that’s been closed. It’s very easy to shut things and take them away, it’s more difficult to get them going again. But we are getting there bit by bit.”

Alan said the centre was attracting about 500 or 600 people per month and said: “What we are after now is trying to get some funding ideas and income and then we can offer more services.

“We are hoping at some future date to open a community cafe, as we’ve got a kitchen. They used to do it and we want to resurrect that and do breakfasts or something like that.”

Prince’s Trust project support worker Daniel Scadeng said the team had chosen Tanterton from several possible projects, and had raised about £375 for equipment from a bag pack.

He said the work included stripping walls, preparing the area and painting, and said: “They enjoyed it and they were really proud when they had finished it.”