Denmead Community Centre undergoes major renovation

The vast improvement of the facilities of Denmead Community Centre
The vast improvement of the facilities of Denmead Community Centre
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Denmead Community Centre has undergone major renovation and repair work over the summer.

The reason behind it was the discovery early last year of subsidence in the main hall.

A long process followed, involving site inspections, as well as a great deal of paperwork for Bob Bainbridge, the centre’s manager.

The inspections uncovered that a tree’s roots were causing the problem, resulting in the removal of the tree.

Finally, this summer, work began on the centre’s main hall.

The original tired mahogany parquet flooring that had seen a lot of use was removed, together with the floorboards and floor joists.

New joists and floorboards were put in place and a new durable sealed light oak parquet was laid.

The opportunity was taken to redecorate the hall and now it is lighter and brighter and ready for the autumn’s activities, which include the popular Mumbaba toddler singing group, pilates, and the 17th annual beer festival on October 31.

Mr Bainbridge said: ‘The refurbishment in the main hall has totally transformed the room, now light and airy with a modern colour scheme.

‘Without exception all the users of the community centre are delighted with the refurbishment and the effort made by the Board of Trustees to ensure the community centre is a lasting legacy for years to come.’

The centre in School Lane used to be known as The World’s End School until it closed its doors and was converted into a community centre in 1977.

However, many students or teachers who have memories of the old school would struggle to recognise the centre nowadays.

With its new refurbished floor, the hall will once again be home to various dance classes, health and fitness groups, band practice as well as the monthly film night, with the first showing taking place on September 26.

Phone (023) 9225 6132 for more information or visit denmeadca.com/.