Doors open on new community centre

Thursday, 03 December 2015

Around 100 people braved Saturday’s chilly weather to give a warm welcome to a new community facility in Birmingham’s Woodview Drive.

Local residents were joined by representatives from the Woodview Community Forum and Birmingham City Council to mark the occasion with refreshments, musical entertainment and face painting for the youngsters.

The Edgbaston Community Centre will be used by a range of groups and organisations, from Scout troops to a pensioners’ lunch club. There are also changing room facilities available for sports groups.  

The centre was purpose-built following collaboration between Optima Community Association, which is now part of the WM Housing Group, and Birmingham City Council as part of a wider regeneration programme for the area.

Previously, groups met at the neighbouring school which, as it expanded, was unable to accommodate them.

Joy Gayle, one of the directors of the Woodview Community Forum, said: “It was truly wonderful to see so many people here for the opening.  It was far more than we expected or even hoped for and I think shows how much this centre means to people in the area.”

She added: “I have lived in this area for many years and the transformation through projects such as this has been fantastic.”

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