New year is a new start for Wellingborough centre

Glamis Hall campaigners celebrate after Wellingborough Council signed the building over to them
Glamis Hall campaigners celebrate after Wellingborough Council signed the building over to them

Members of a community group which fought to save a day centre from closure are now gearing up to take on the building and run it themselves.

The Glamis Hall for All group is hoping to get the keys for the hall in the first week of January and start running a lunch club from January 12.

It comes after months of campaigning and collecting more than 10,000 names on a petition calling for Wellingborough Council to reconsider its decision to close the hall on the Queensway estate at the end of the year.

While there were celebrations last week when the council agreed to transfer the building over to the new group, there is still lots of work to do in getting the new venture up and running and ensuring it is successful for many years to come.

Chairman of Glamis Hall for All Heather Saunders said: “The council have agreed to transfer the Glamis Hall building to the committee and we are going to start a new luncheon service there from January.

“It feels fantastic, I am really pleased.

“There’s going to be lots of hard work with fundraising, finding volunteers and staff, but it’s for the people who go there.

“That was the whole point of this, to keep their community together.

“We will be able to refurbish the building as it is a bit tired, but we hope to make it a very nice place to be and even nicer than it was then.

“And we hope the Queensway community can share in it with us, such as doing some sports down there.”

Heather said the centre will close after users have enjoyed their Christmas party there on December 22.

The committee is then hoping to get the keys from the council, which decided to close the centre after saying the building was no longer fit for purpose, in the first week of January before launching the lunch club a week later.

At last week’s meeting, councillors approved a one-off grant of up to £250,000 for the group to help repair and refurbish the 40-year-old building.

The lunch club will run Monday to Friday where people will be able to enjoy a three-course meal with activities available afterwards.

The next step will be to launch an over-50s well-being day centre, which the committee is hoping to open in spring 2015.

Anyone wanting to join the day centre can get in touch to speak to the group’s care team.

Those going along will be able to be there all day and have a three-course meal. There will also be activities available during the day.

There will be transport to and from the centre and it is hoped there will be trips arranged during the year.

For more information about Glamis Hall for All and its plans visit www.glamishall.org.uk.

People can also call 07500 530797 for details rather than using the hall’s landline which is not currently in use.