Long-awaited Corby community centre set to open

The new Oakley Vale Community Centre at Corby which is opening next month
The new Oakley Vale Community Centre at Corby which is opening next month

Preparations are being made for the opening of a long-awaited community centre in Corby.

Residents on the Oakley Vale estate have been waiting seven years for the complex which, it is hoped, will be the hub of the community.

On Thursday, July 4, from 6pm to 8pm, groups who have expressed an interest in hiring the building, in Butland Road, will be invited to look round the facilities.

On Friday, July 19, from 6pm to 9pm, there will be a public event at the centre for residents. 

Activities which will be held at the centre include zumba, a Montessori School, Slimmer’s World, meetings of Oakley Vale Community Association and Oakley Vale Football Club, tae kwon do, Shape dance sessions, belly-dancing and the Wadzanai project, which aims to promote African culture in Corby.

All the groups will be present on the night to give out more information.

On Wednesday, July 24, at 7.30pm, Oakley Vale Community Association is to hold first meeting at the new centre.

Among the guests will be Corby MP Andy Sawford, the town’s mayor Judy Caine and representatives from the borough council, the highways department, the estate’s new primary school, neighbourhood wardens and the police.

Music will be provided by the Oakley Rangers youth music group and refreshments will be served.

Paul Blamer, chairman of Oakley Vale Community Centre marketing and communications, said: “This will be a great opportunity for residents to join their community association, have their say and get involved. This is their centre, hosting their clubs and societies of all kinds.”

The centre will be run as a not-for-profit business by a voluntary management team and trustees with support from the borough council and Corby Voluntary and Community Services.