People needed to attend Worle Community Centre meeting to ensure building can stay open

PUBLISHED: 17:30 22 November 2017

Volunteers are needed at Worle Community Centre.

Volunteers are needed at Worle Community Centre.

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People from Worle are urged to attend a meeting about the community centre tonight (Thursday) to help ensure it can stay open.

Worle Community Centre, in Lawrence Road, is run by volunteers and trustees.

Sadly its last trustee, Joan Thompson, died in September and people are urgently needed to join the committee and volunteer to keep the centre running.

An annual meeting will be held at the centre at 6pm, and at least 25 people need to turn up to ensure decisions about the building’s future can be made.

Worle town and district councillor Denise Hunt, who has been working with volunteers to explore the building’s options, said: “The centre is a really important community resource and we need to keep it open for the people of Worle.

“It is a fantastic building, and a lot of people have fond memories of it.”

The building, which is wheelchair-accessible, has a stage and meeting rooms.

Earlier this month, people who attended a meeting at the community centre were given the option for Hope Church, in The Scaurs, get involved in running it.

But centre users decided they wanted it to remain until the control of Worle Community Association.

The community association is a registered charity, and the Charity Commission has agreed if an annual meeting is held with at least 25 people, the centre can keep going.

Cllr Hunt said: “We need to make sure the annual meeting has enough local residents to turn up and take roles and responsibilities.

“I already have names of 11 people who are happy to help on the management committee, who are the people who run it on a day to day basis.

“It needs to be run by the people of Worle, for the people of Worle.”

Cllr Hunt added that if no-one turns up this evening, then the meeting cannot go ahead.

She said: “The Charity Commission will then need to wind it up.

“But I don’t think we will be in that position because I think people will come to this meeting.

“We need a strong turn-out and people to volunteer and make it financially sustainable.

“There are lots of volunteering opportunities for people and diverse roles, in marketing, cleaning, and a community café.”

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