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Lichfield leisure centre to throw ‘Staying Open Party’ after being saved from closure by public campaign

Residents are being invited to celebrate the decision not to close Lichfield’s last public leisure centre.

Friary Grange Leisure Centre
Friary Grange Leisure Centre

Friary Grange had been under threat until a public campaign saw council chiefs make an 11th hour u-turn.

Now operator Freedom Leisure is planning a ‘Staying Open Party” weekend on 9th and 10th November.

Activities will include a roller disco, adventure mania, two pool parties, soft play and exercise classes.

Lee Thomas, area manager for Freedom Leisure, said: “We’re delighted with the decision that Friary Grange Leisure Centre will remain open.

“The facilities give local residents and students an opportunity to stay active without having to travel long distances.

“The centre staff would love to celebrate with the local residents so please do join them and partake in some activities over the weekend of celebrations.”

Thousands of residents signed a petition to keep the centre open after initial plans to shut it from April 2020 were announced.

The strength of opinion saw Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet reverse the decision at a public meeting earlier this month.

Cllr Liz Little, Cabinet member for leisure, said “The campaign to save Friary Grange Leisure Centre clearly showed the strength of feeling for this much loved facility and what better way to celebrate this than to open the doors to all who supported it. 

“It will also give everyone a chance to visit the centre if they haven’t been for a while to see what is on offer.

“It is vital now more than ever that people use the centre regularly to support its ongoing survival.”

More details and a timetable of activities is available at or by calling 01543 228229.

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  1. Mike

    29th October, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Join the gym it is a friendly place and the staff are fantastic and will help you as much as you want all inclusive in your monthly fee

  2. Joanne Grange

    29th October, 2019 at 11:55 am

    I second Mike’s comment. As someone who has not exercised since PE lessons as school (we’re talking more than 30 years) I’ve started attending classes and even in 2 weeks I’m noticing a difference. The staff are brilliant and the people that attend the classes are friendly and welcoming. If I can do it, there’s no excuse!

  3. Steve

    29th October, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    I would love to attend the party. Unfortunately, I feel there is a heightened risk of bumping into Fab and his photographer.

  4. Dean Brookes

    29th October, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Here at adventure mania we ran our Inflatable fun session in August and had 42 children attend.
    October half term (28th) and 133 children attended. Participation is already increasing and I am excited to be apart of it! We will be honoured to host again at the saving party on 10th November 12- 4pm.

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