New committee hopes to breathe new life into centre

This committee will work to reopen the community centre on the Earlesfield estate, to be renamed the Grantham West Community Centre.
This committee will work to reopen the community centre on the Earlesfield estate, to be renamed the Grantham West Community Centre.
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THIS is the group of committed people who will work on behalf of those living on Grantham’s Earlesfield estate to reopen a shut-down community centre.

Residents of the estate met on Monday to elect the committee of 11 members tasked with fixing up and opening the soon-to-be Grantham West Community Centre, in Trent Road.

They hope to be back up and running by August 1.

New chairman is June Kirton.

She said: “It’s a new committee and a new start. A new life for the community centre.

“I’m axcited to be chairman. It’s a challenge.

“There’s an enthusiastic group of people and it feels good.”

June is joined by vice chairman Sandra Mullin, secretary Steve Cummings, treasurer Stuart McBride, manager Marie Gibson, Dawn French, Ursula O’Reilly, Gary Abbott, Les King, Lesley Beardmore and John Kirton.

Marie has been running the former Earlesfield Community Centre single-handedly for a number of years, after other committee members quit for various reasons.

After a long struggle, Marie was forced to concede defeat at the end of last year, after the centre fell into thousands of pounds of debt.

This week, she said: “I feel a lot better, it’s like someone’s lifted a weight off my shoulders.

“It ended up just me and a friend running things and I just couldn’t do it anymore. It’s been tough on me.

“I feel quite positive about this new start.”

Keen to reopen as soon as possible, several dedicated residents have devoted their time to giving the centre a make-over.

During the meeting, Steve said: “A awful lot work has gone on. The gas is on, new doors have been put in.

“But we still need a lot of work doing round there.”

The committee will meet at the centre this evening (Friday) to draw up a list of jobs which need doing and materials they must source.

An appeal for help may follow next week.

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