BAILIFF Bridge community centre has opened 25 years after the idea was conceived and planned.
For chairman of Bailiff Bridge Community Association, Malcolm Silkstone, getting the centre up and running has been a large part of his life. Now he hopes people will take full advantage of the facility.
“We have invested more than £200,000 into the interior of the building and we need to be aware of raising funds to continue. That is where I would appeal to people to help us with this to organise events even if it is just a coffee morning to build up funds again,” he said. “There has been depressing times and it has been a case of trying to look at the bigger picture and pick yourself up and carry on but we are absolutely thrilled with the finished product.”
Neighbourhood schemes for people over the age of 50 have started up in the multi-purpose building along with weightwatchers, a toddler group and keep fit and zumba classes. Mr Silkstone said they are also in talks to get Bailiff Bridge library.
Julia Baldwin will be managing the centre. She said: “We are now open for everybody and anybody to come and use whether it is as a community centre or here privately. We can hold anything from fund-raising events to funerals and weddings,” she said.
Mr Silkstone would like to thank everybody who has been involved in getting the centre up and running so far and hopes people will continue to show their support. “I would like to thank the people who have helped and companies such as Calderdale Council and people like the probation team and all the bodies that have helped us over the years,” he said. “We now have a lot of landscaping work which will start soon. There is lots of work to do outside and we would appreciate help with that. We need any companies that can donate materials or help with labour. We have a vast amount of work to do out there.”
Mr Silkstone is are hoping to celebrate the silver anniversary of the community centre with some form of community event in the summer which brings together the memorial park and the centre as a whole.
If you are interested in using the community centre for activities or to book a function contact Julia Baldwin on 01484 717808 or 07545171730. If you would like to help develop the outside area contact Malcolm Silkstone on 07985283831.