Village centre ‘come and take a look’ invite

There is an open invitation to step inside the Great Eccleston Village Centre.
There is an open invitation to step inside the Great Eccleston Village Centre.

Volunteers at a village centre which has just had a £20,000 refurbishment have issued an open invitation for people to check out the improvements.

The Great Eccleston Village Centre, which is run by a charitable trust, has benefited from a range of modernisation work, including improvements to the kitchen and decoration work plus new furniture and IT equipment, including Powerpoint presentation facilities and a multimedia screen.

The changes to the 13-year-old centre in High Street on the village’s square, were part funded by a £12,500 grant from Wyre Council’s Shaping Your Neighbourhood programme.

At an open day Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council, met some of the volunteers who help run the centre. The event also showcased activities and events which regularly take place there, including belly dancing, bridge, painting, pilates, reading and callanetics.

The centre boasts a café and garden area, two well equipped meeting rooms available for hire, wi-fi and an IT drop-in facility. There are also photocopying, laminating and binding services.

Centre manager Hugh Glover said it was hoped to extend the range of activities still further.

“Because we’re a fair distance from Preston and Blackpool, and there’s an elderly community here, we thought we would like to get a film afternoon going,” he said.

New volunteers would also be welcome. The centre is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 9am to 4pm on a Friday and by arrangement at weekends and in the evenings.

l To find out more you could also attend one of the centre’s weekly coffee mornings, held on Wednesdays.visit or call 01995 672292.