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Open day at Watcombe Community Centre

PR3555    14/08/2012

An open day is to be held at Watcombe Community Centre in Torquay on Saturday (18 August) to celebrate the completion of refurbishment works.

Association President Gordon Jennings said: "Our centre in Medway Road has played an important role in the community since it was built in 1991.

"Over the last 18 months we have carried out much-need refurbishment works, including a large new fitted kitchen and office, and a second phase of further improvements is being planned.

"A new heating system has been installed with the help of Torbay Council, and we also had help from Sanctuary Housing to refurbish the men's toilets.

"We have also fitted a false ceiling which has improved the acoustics.

"We are holding Saturday's open day between 11am and 3pm not only to recruit new volunteers but also to say a big thank you to all those people who have helped make the refurbishment possible.

"About 18,000 has been spent on the refurbishment. We were able to keep the costs down thanks to the support of Torbay Council and the Torbay Development Agency who provided free technical advice.

"We were also extremely grateful to receive 1,000 from Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver's Mayor's Fund which is being used to boost many organisations across the Bay.

"I would also like to pay tribute to our treasurer, Margaret Pilgrim, and other committee members for their efforts in bringing this all together."

Mr Oliver said: "I was pleased to accept an invitation to Saturday's open day.

"I look forward to seeing the improvements to the building, and to have the opportunity personally to thank Gordon Jennings and his colleagues in the association for their hard work on behalf of the local community."

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