Celebrations at refurbished community hub

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Celebrations have been held in Harrogate at the official open evening of the newly refurbished Fairfax Community Centre.

The Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Coun Michael Newby, joined management committee and centre staff at the event last Thursday.

The centre, which has just undergone a complete refurbishment courtesy of Harrogate Borough Council, now has a new IT suite, a multi-purpose meeting room and a large hall.

The kitchen has been fitted with new equipment and utensils courtesy of Harrogate Lions and committee members say this, together with new energy lighting, decorating and carpeting, makes the centre a venue for the whole community. The centre has recently raised nearly £14,000 to provide a wide range of new activities, including a new ‘Drop-in’ zone, and organisers have also thanked all its partners and agencies for their support.

Chairman of the management committee, Coun John Fox said: “We are extremely pleased that the police and crime commissioner, through the Commissioner’s Community Fund together with Community Safety Partnership and My Neighbour, have supported this initiative for eight to 16 year olds to drop-in after school to participate in a wide range of activities.

“We have over 40 local children signed up for the activity with over 25 young people calling in every evening.”

Eve Nelson, president of the Harrogate Lions, presented the community centre with £1,000 to support the centre’s work with IT, and the IT suite is now available to all residents along with support.

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