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Belper News Article 01/03/17

Strutts Community Centre – Lift to a new level

Strutts Community Centre has recently held its AGMs and re-elected the Trustees of the Guardians of Strutts charity that owns and runs the site for the benefit of the township of Belper. We also have a new management committee of Belper Strutts Society which supports the Project with its fundraising efforts and volunteers. We have reviewed our progress and I am pleased to report that the numbers of groups using the Centre has again increased. We are an independent organisation that costs ratepayers nothing and have achieved a financial surplus which will all be reinvested into the Project. This surely is a model for other communities to follow.

A major milestone has been achieved with the start of construction of the lift shaft to enable all our users to access the first floor where the largest rooms are located. Progress can be seen on Facebook for those of you who know about these things. To date, this is our largest financial investment in the site and represents a tremendous achievement for a Project that started from scratch. The lift will enable us to develop the upper rooms for new uses, such as the provision of a studio theatre space and to bring the refurbished library into use. The funding has come from donations from individual and user groups, together with a grant from the Ryklow Trust and matched funding from our own trading income.

We now need to plan the next stage of development for Strutts. The usage of the site has increased significantly from the early years to a point where we need to fundamentally reconsider how best to run a busy site with our limited resources. Strutts relies entirely upon the efforts of unpaid volunteers and we need more practical support from the community of Belper. We want to progress the Project to the next level and welcome any sensible suggestions for the future. Belper is a community of over 20,000 and if everyone could contributed some voluntary effort (not only to Strutts but other deserving causes) what a better place it would be to live in.

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all our volunteers for their efforts over the last 12 months together with my thanks to our users. You can all make a difference to your community. If you would like to help in any way with the Strutts Community Project please contact me, Nick McLeod, at Strutts tel: 01773 599993.

Nick McLeod

Chairman of Trustees

Guardians of Strutts