Association holds sale of everything it owns

Volunteers helping sell off Portchester Community Association's fixtures and fittings at the old Portchester Community Centre 'l-r: Dennis Hawksworth, Andy Leacock, Martin Stanley, Stella Bell and Nick Hall (chairman of the community association)

Volunteers helping sell off Portchester Community Association's fixtures and fittings at the old Portchester Community Centre 'l-r: Dennis Hawksworth, Andy Leacock, Martin Stanley, Stella Bell and Nick Hall (chairman of the community association)

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FROM shelves and filing cabinets to bar fridges and a bag of 200 balls, Portchester Community Association has been selling off its fixtures and fittings.

The association held the sale before it has to leave the existing Portchester Community Centre, which will be demolished in the new year.

Volunteers helped move all of the items into the main hall for interested buyers, or the plain curious, to come and have a nose around.

A new £2m centre, next door at Westlands Grove, has been built and is expected to open in January, but it will be run by Portchester Community School.

Sarah Moss, the manager of the PCA, said: ‘Everything we’ve sold has gone to groups in the voluntary sector, which is good.

‘There have been a lot of people coming through to look at the stuff.

‘We haven’t counted up how much we’ve made so far, but it’s at least £2,000.’

And she added that despite losing its home, the PCA is confident that it can find a new base – it has more than 1,000 members spread across 11 sections.

She said: ‘We have had a constant stream of people coming in and asking when we’re moving over to the new building – we’re not.

‘It’s been very difficult for the staff as a lot of them have been made redundant.

‘We’ve gone from 25 to six.

‘There are things in the pipeline and we’re hoping that we will be able to find somewhere in the new year.

Fareham Borough Council chose the school to run the centre instead of the association in a process that proved to be highly controversial.

Nick Hall, chairman of the PCA, said: ‘This sale has encouraged people to come in and see what’s here, and they’ve all been very sympathetic to our cause.

‘All of them are sad and can’t understand why we aren’t running the one over the road.

‘The people who are being overlooked a bit in all of this are the ones who are being made redundant.

‘There are still a lot of people in the community who don’t know what’s going on here – they just assume we’re moving into the new centre when it opens.’

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