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Belper News - 29th July 2013

Strutts Community Centre Update

What happens at the Strutts Community Centre in Belper?

There are still many people in Belper that do not know what happens inside that large stone building on the A6 opposite Babington Hospital, just down the road from the “Morrison's” Roundabout, next to the Tavern Public House.

Although we have signs that identify it as a Community Centre, and sometimes have banners up to advertise various events, there is still something of a mystery as to what goes on inside the building.

We often have people come into the building for the first time who are amazed at the interior of the building and what happens here. They are impressed to see the length of daily list of bookings in the entrance. They are surprised to learn that it is no longer a school, but a community centre run by the Guardians of Strutts charity, on a non-profit making basis, for the benefit of the people of Belper. They are also surprised that it is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and that there is no grant funding to keep the Centre open.

The Strutts Community Centre pays its way by providing services and hiring rooms to community groups, businesses and individuals. We have car parking on site for over 120 cars. We have a kitchen and can provide refreshments and catering. We have a licenced bar. We sell second hand books. We have 20 classrooms, of varying sizes, which are ideal for a whole range of activities. We have a gym and the largest room is the Hall. The best room in the building is the wood panelled Memorial Library, which is currently undergoing restoration to its former glory. We use any surplus funds to restore the building and develop the facilities.

To illustrate the range of activities, we have art groups, bands, choirs, concerts, cubs, dancing, dog training, keep-fit classes, model making, Pilates, scouts, theatre, and many more. We have held wedding receptions, christenings and birthday parties for all ages. Businesses use our facilities for meetings and training sessions.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the users of the Centre who have booked rooms and used the facilities, and the volunteers, without whom the place would not be viable. The Strutts Community Centre is an asset that the whole community of Belper should value and be proud to support.

So if you can help in any way please phone Strutts Reception on 01773 599993 or email reception@strutts.org.uk

Thanks

Nick McLeod
Chairman of Trustees
Guardians of Strutts