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Greenham Community Centre officially reopens after Greenham Common Trust spent £300,000 on refurbishing the centre

A FUN day is being held this afternoon (Saturday) to celebrate the official reopening of the Greenham Community Centre following its recent £300,000 refurbishment.

The works were paid for by the Greenham Common Trust and include a new kitchen, new toilets, a new heating and lighting system, a new stage and more.

The centre, in The Nightingales, Greenham, was in a tired state and in desperate need of attention, according to the Trust, which purchased the building from West Berkshire Council on a long lease.

Trust spokesman Julian May said: “The upgrade works mean that the local community can now enjoy a modern centre with great facilities for performances, classes, private functions, youth clubs and much more.”

He said the Community Youth Project (CYP), the lead organisation which will manage the new centre in partnership with other community groups in the area, will now be able to expand its popular youth club, sports, education and training events for local residents.

The centre will be officially opened by Newbury MP Richard Benyon as the fun day kicks off at 12pm.

A hog roast will be served and a whacky challenge held, along with various other activities. The fun day has been organised by the CYP, who will also be running the community centre.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team will also be on hand to speak to residents about the perils of borrowing from illegal money lenders and the importance of reporting these criminals.

Other organisations that will be present include the Citizens Advice Bureau, Community Savings and Loans Credit Union, Sovereign Housing Association, Sanctuary Housing, Sure Start, Thames Valley Police, Greenham Parish Council, The Greater Greenham Project and West Berkshire Council.

Young Dads TV, the video website which offers advice and help for young fathers will also be present as part of their drive to create a presence in Greenham.

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