Popular manager of Wellingborough centre to retire

Edeltraud Freund at the Victoria Centre's 30th anniversary in 2009
Edeltraud Freund at the Victoria Centre's 30th anniversary in 2009

The popular manager of a community centre in Wellingborough is retiring.

Edeltraud Freund will retire as the centre manager at the Victoria Centre after 13 years on Tuesday, March 31.

The centre was founded in 1979 by the Wellingborough United Reformed Church and the Community Relations Council, now the Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Council (NREC), to provide a meeting place for the multi-cultural and multi-faith community of Wellingborough. The church still meets there for worship on a Sunday and the NREC had their offices in the building until September 2011.

Over the years the Victoria Centre has been the incubator for many local community organisations; including the Wellingborough Afro-Caribbean Association (WACA), the Hindu Community Centre, Pravasi Mandal (Asian Elders Group), and even The Castle theatre has its roots in community action at the centre. They have moved to their own premises and new groups are starting up again.

A spokesman for the centre said: “Edeltraud has steered the centre through some difficult times over the past few years. Not only budget cuts but also changes to the social climate, both which have affected the centre in different ways. All these challenges, and others, have been dealt with effectively by Edeltraud during her time as manager and this is the reason the centre still goes from strength to strength.”

Katrina Cook, the current centre co-ordinator, will be taking over from Edeltraud..