The group of volunteers that now run Wellington Youth Centre are holding an open day this Saturday to celebrate the refurbishment of the main hall. The event takes place between 10am and 1pm and everyone is invited to attend. There will be light refreshments available. The date has been picked to coincide with the World Wellington Boot Throwing Championship which will take place next door at Court Fields School.
Local County Councillor, Andrew Govier, who chairs the group said ‘We are delighted that the hall has been transformed over the last few months and we want to show the improvements to local people. We are very keen for the centre to be used by other groups and now that it has been refurbished we want to show off its potential.
“We hope that people attending the championship will look in. We would particularly like to show local parents the facility to encourage them to introduce their children to the centre. It also provides an opportunity for people who might be interested in working with young people to meet youth workers and find out more about volunteering positions.’
The work on the centre has been carried out over the last few months and was paid for by grants from Awards for All and through Section 106 monies from local housing developments. The painting was carried out by people on the Community Payback scheme which is run by the probation service. The scheme arranges for offenders to carry out community activities to repay society for the crimes that they have committed.
Cllr Govier added ‘We were delighted with the quality of the work carried out. As a voluntary group the costs of running the centre have to be met from donations and get this work done for just the cost of the materials has helped us greatly. We are very grateful to Taunton Deane Borough Council and Awards for All for providing the funding to allow us to get new flooring installed.’
The new laminate flooring was installed by local company C & C Carpets and it will make the space more flexible.
Cllr Govier said ‘We were very grateful for the excellent advice we received from James at C & C. He came to look at the existing floor and suggested the laminate would be hardwearing and easy to clean. They carried out the work to a very high standard and kept closure of the centre to a minimum.’
The open day is being supported by the local Rotary Club and the Inner Wheel who are keen supporters of the centre and who provide members of the management committee. They will be serving refreshments and greeting people on the day.
Cllr Govier added ‘We are really grateful to the Wellington Rotary Clubs for their on-going support of the centre and its work. We were delighted that David Major, one of the Rotary members, submitted a successful bid to Awards for All and this was exceptionably helpful in getting the work done. We also have to thank Paul Brunsch for all his efforts in overseeing the refurbishments and his on-going maintenance at the centre. Members of the Rotary Club were involved in the opening of the centre and the legacy of those forward-thinking individuals is being supported by the current Rotarians.’