Kettering charity unveils activity centre renovations

The Govilon Activity Centre, popular with county youngsters and owned by the Kettering Old Grammar School Foundation, has had a makeover. Pictured are Govilon Activity Centre Operational Manager Nick Fitzgerald, centre administration manager Lesley Jukes, Abergavenny Mayoress Alison Hickman with Mayor of Abergavenny Martin Hickman, Maggie Mitchell, a governor with the Kettering Old Grammar School Foundation and chair of the Govilon Management Committee and Margaret Swann Clerk to the Governors of the Foundation. Picture by Tim Evans of thirty31photography

The Govilon Activity Centre, popular with county youngsters and owned by the Kettering Old Grammar School Foundation, has had a makeover. Pictured are Govilon Activity Centre Operational Manager Nick Fitzgerald, centre administration manager Lesley Jukes, Abergavenny Mayoress Alison Hickman with Mayor of Abergavenny Martin Hickman, Maggie Mitchell, a governor with the Kettering Old Grammar School Foundation and chair of the Govilon Management Committee and Margaret Swann Clerk to the Governors of the Foundation. Picture by Tim Evans of thirty31photography

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An activity centre owned by a Kettering charity has shown off its new look.

The Govilon Activity Centre in south Wales has undergone major renovations as part of extensive refurbishment works to transform the 140-year-old former Victorian school.

Thousands of Northamptonshire school children and young people have attended residential activity courses at the historic centre, which is owned by the Kettering Old Grammar School Foundation.

Following substantial investment by the educational charitable trust a raft of improvements has seen the historic building transformed and modernised.

The seal of approval for the new-look activity centre, in Monmouthshire, has been granted by Abergavenny’s mayor.

Maggie Mitchell, a governor with the Kettering Old Grammar School Foundation and chair of the Govilon Management Committee, made the journey from Northamptonshire to attend the event, with Margaret Swann, clerk to the Governors of the Foundation.

Mrs Mitchell said: “We are delighted the Mayor of Abergavenny was able to join us to celebrate the completion of the extensive refurbishment works which were recently completed at the Govilon Activity Centre.

“We wanted to hold this event to officially unveil the updated facilities which will further enhance the experience of all the schools and groups that stay at the centre.

“The significant investment by the foundation is another way the charity is helping to enrich the lives of children and young people from the Kettering borough. We also hope to attract more schools, organisations and clubs from the area around Govilon to the centre to experience everything this unique and exciting centre has to offer.”

Mayor Cllr Martin Hickman and wife Alison toured the centre, which has been fitted with state-of-the-art kitchen facilities as well as new shower and toilet blocks, disabled facilities and drying rooms. The original dining room wooden floor has also been restored to its former glory.

Cllr Hickman said: “It was wonderful to meet the team at the Govilon Activity Centre. I was very impressed with the amazing investment that has been put into the centre and the quality of the finished works.

“It was fantastic to hear about all the excellent work the educational charitable trust carries out and the amazing activities on offer at the centre. It is wonderful how the centre is forging links with the local community and I will do whatever I can to help with this.”

As part of the renovation works craftsmen were commissioned to hand make bespoke bunk beds for the centre which can accommodate up to 36 visitors in communal bunk-house style rooms.

For more information about the foundation click here or call 01536 526404. To contact the activity centre click here or call the centre on 01873 831185.