A COMMUNITY centre’s toilets have been given the gold standard in a national award scheme.
But that’s just a small example of the centre’s ongoing success, according to its manager.
Crofton Community Centre in Stubbington had its toilets rated ‘gold’ by runners on website fetcheveryone.com following the Stubbington Green 10k race in January.
The race organisers rent the community centre to use as a base, and this year 1,210 runners took part.
The centre let runners use its loos, as well as providing portable toilets in the car park to cope with demand.
Caretakers Martin Ashby and Stephen Rayner were both working on race day and said they were cleaning non-stop from 6am to 3pm.
Due to their hard work, and that of fellow caretakers Tony Colgate and Richard Morley, the toilets have been rated as one of the best.
Martin, 47, from Lee-on-the-Solent, said: ‘We pride ourselves on being one of the best there is and we have high standards.’
Nicky Rayner has managed the centre for the past 12 years. She said: ‘We have got a very good team of staff.
‘We can laugh about the award but they are all so switched on. It’s a team effort.
‘I do have very high standards which all the staff know. I don’t ever have to go and moan at them, they just do it.
‘We have so many different types of people coming in here that we have to have such high standards.’
And the award is just part of the centre’s ongoing success.
Nicky added: ‘We have 80 different groups using the centre regularly. Our youngest member is three months old and our oldest is in their 90s. We are well known as one of the busiest community centres in Hampshire.
‘It’s not like a little community centre, we have a sports hall, a theatre and we are completely self-funding.’
‘We are one of the largest centres in the borough. We are called a beacon community centre because of our success. Lots of community centres are struggling but not us, we are thriving.’