Community hub to celebrate 60th anniversary in village
PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 July 2019
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A plethora of events will be put on across the weekend in celebration of a village hall's 60th anniversary.
Villagers in Long Ashton have spent a year organising an assortment of entertainment, including a party night, an inflatable It's A Knockout challenge and a classic film cinema screening.
The charity has also set-up a walking tour, which will visit different landmarks in the village, to commemorate Long Ashton Community Centre's anniversary.
In 1944, Long Ashton's village association raised funds to build a war memorial hall, which cost around £15,000.
In 1957, the association suggested building a new hall at the village Recreation Ground, which was paid for by the sale of the old hall and its land, which is now home to Lovelinch Gardens shops.
In November 1959, the hall was declared open and the centre's sports hall was built in 1976, club room in 2001 and Jubilee Pavilion in 2003.
Manager of the centre, Sarah Leong, said: "Looking to the future, the centre is working together with the village parish council to create a building which will house a library, youth centre and a café.
"This could either be an extension of the current building or a new one altogether, and a while back we had an extension of the club room, so some plans are already drawn out.
"The hall really is a village hub, which is supported by around 50 regular groups using the centre, which are held weekly to monthly.
"I've worked at the centre for more than 11 years, and its village group sign-ups (where baby massaging classes to music entertainment acts are held) have doubled, if not tripled, since I've been here."
"The hall has really grown, and it's been great to be a part of its transformation in Long Ashton."
The centre is owned by Long Ashton Parish Council, and the hall applies for funding through the authority's yearly grant scheme.
The community centre, in Keedwell Hill, will hold a selection of day and evening entertainment from Friday to Sunday at various times.
For more information, visit www.longashton communitycentre.org