Community fired up for take over

Posted by on Sun, Mar 05, 2017 in

Bushmead residents are fired up for taking over the Bushmead Community Centre from the 1st April, after Luton Council decided to close the centre after having the keys handed back by Luton Culture.

Local residents have set up a charity called “Bushmead Community Centre” that will formally take over the running of the centre on the 1st April. Volunteers have been working non-stop to make sure that they are up and running for the 1st April.

Paul Hammond, Chair of Trustees said “It’s been fantastic to see the community really pull together and help form the charity. With the charity in place it has meant we have managed to protect the pre-school and NHS services from closing. Bushmead Community Hub (as the centre will be known from the 1st April) is a vibrant community resource with things happening every day of the week from Box fit to mums and babies groups to short mat bowls. Paul added, “We have a great team of volunteers who are working round the clock to make the centre a success but we always need more and would welcome people who can spare a few hours a month to help out.”

Kathryn Knights, one of the residents who set up the campaign to save the community centre and now one of the charities trustees commented “This time last year we were looking at how we could get the community centre to stay open, never in our wildest imagination would that end with us running the centre, but now we have started there is no stopping us. We are delighted to have been awarded grants from Your Way, Your Say and the Luton Airport Fund to help us get off the ground. We have set up a new website that will make booking the centre for community activities and parties a lot easier and this is to be launched shortly.”

Other trustees include Scott Eastwood, a charity worker, working in policy and public affairs and Bushmead Christ Church Vicar, Dr Rev Glyn Ackerley.

To volunteer at the community centre, please email team@bushmeadhub.co.uk