Heard the one about how it's a shame that the Community Centre isn't used more?
Well, this weekend we have a party for 400+ on tonight (Friday), then a very quick tidy-up before karate in the Reynolds Room 10am Saturday morning and again 2.30pm to 4.00. Hardly will the karate class be out before a party sets up in the Reynolds Room and bar for Saturday evening. Then all that has to be tidied up and a quick clean through done Sunday morning in time for the Knighton YFC to set up for a panto show on Sunday afternoon. By Sunday night hundreds of local people, including lots of children, will have been through the doors to enjoy themselves or take part in a leisure activity. And it's 2 or 3 volunteers and our cleaners who will turn it all around - and will then set to and make the whole centre ready to open its doors on Monday morning bright and early for another Community Support working week, plus art classes from 10am Monday in the Reynolds Room.
It is a massive undertaking to keep the centre open, sometimes with words of support from members of the local community, sometimes with less helpful comments. It's about to become even more massive as the small group of volunteers who run the centre on the local community's behalf confront the problems and issues involved with a planned Big Lottery-funded refurbishment.
So next time someone tells you that they don't have much on at the Community Centre, you know how big a joke that is...