Burntwood community centre set for official opening

A band night takes place in the revamped hall at Redwood Park

A band night takes place in the revamped hall at Redwood Park

Work to revitalise a Burntwood community centre is set to be officially unveiled.

Redwood Park was once one of the area’s hotspots for anti-social behaviour and drug problems, but the Community and Youth Centre has now been given a makeover.

The new-look centre will get a grand opening on April 17 from 10am to 1pm.

The changes were made possible thanks to a grant from Lichfield District Council to Beacon Community Church who have been busy transforming the centre and shedding the park of its old image.

Pastor Dave Langton said:

‘This facility was a just shell, and not a pretty one either, but has morphed into a home from home for many of our youth in the community. We asked them what they wanted, it’s their centre and what is important to them is important to us.

“They drafted up a 50’s cafe style diner with plasma TVs and XBox games. They applied for the grant themselves, got £40,000 funding and got exactly what they wanted!”

The centre is already proving popular with members of the community. A Friday evening drop-in event attracts up to 90 young people, while toddler groups, workshops, training sessions and youth clubs have proved popular with local residents.

At Christmas, Beacon partnered with CAP and local businesses to host a Family Christmas at the centre which gave lunch, entertainment and gifts to more than a dozen struggling families in the community.

For further enquiries about the facilities and booking information contact Elaine on 01543 683692 or at info@beacon-church.com.

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