Labour Club given big £50,000 gift

Corby Labour Club �50,000 award: Paula Boulton, with She Matters and users of the club.'20/01/12
Corby Labour Club �50,000 award: Paula Boulton, with She Matters and users of the club.'20/01/12
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Corby Labour Club is to mark its 50th anniversary with a £50,000 make-over.

The windfall is the result of a successful bid to WREN, which awards grants for community, heritage and conservation projects.

The money will be used to refurbish the club’s main hall and the upstairs lounge.

Corby author and playwright Paula Boulton was part of the group which put the bid for the cash together.

It was her father Stanley who founded the Labour Club in Stuart Road 50 years ago with his buy a brick campaign.

She said: “For decades the club has been the hub of community life, with so many groups and organisations using it. It’s particularly pleasing that we’ve won the grant in the club’s 50th year and, because of my dad’s involvement, it means a great deal.

“It has been the centre of many Corby campaigns and been prominent in the life of the town for all these years. We’re all delighted.”

Among the groups based at the club is the Shout! Youth Theatre Group.

Theatre group member Jordan Gray, 18, said: “It’s brilliant news. As part of the refurbishment we will have a new stage and performance area.”

Marshall McCombie, 83, of Seaton Crescent, Corby, and his wife Sally, 82, have been club members for almost 50 years.

Mrs McCombie said: “It’s great news. When the work is done we hope to see more young people at the club.”

Labour Club committee member Jayne Griffin said: “It’s fantastic news and a great way to mark our 50th anniversary. We have plenty to celebrate this year.”