Roughmoor Social Hall on Swinley Drive in Peatmoor has had a makeover and bookings have been steadily increasing since it was taken over by Freshbrook Community Centre management committee a year ago.
Swindon Council has been rationalising the way it runs social halls and the Freshbrook committee agreed to take it on a three year lease to prevent closure.
As part of the agreement the council has completed outstanding maintenance, including replacing the front doors, whilst the community centre paid for a new carpet.
Caretaker Stacey Penny and administrator Emma Tanner at Roughmoor Hall.
Administrator Emma Tanner said volunteers from the Princes Trust supported skills development charity Inner Flame had helped out.
“A team of helpers came in and really made a difference by decorating the main hall before the carpet went down. They also tidied up the back garden which had become a bit of a jungle. It was fantastic to see the transformation in a just a few days.”
“We now have 13 regular groups using Roughmoor Social Hall. More people are hiring it for children’s parties because it’s more convenient than using their own homes. One of the improvements is we’ve made the process of booking the room easier.”
New committee comes together
After five years of effort to put Freshbrook Community Centre back on its feet after the previous management failed, many of the volunteers who took on the responsibility stepped down in mid-July.
However new people have come forward to continue the successful management of the community centre and Roughmoor Social Hall with the assistance of four part time administrative and caretaking staff.
Freshbrook Community Centre has several rooms to hire and a main hall with the capacity of up to 150 people in a meeting. Prices vary according to requirements.
Roughmoor Social Hall is large enough for 40 people and costs £10 an hour.
For booking details call Emma Tanner between 9am and 12noon, Monday to Friday, on 01793 870526 or mail: email@example.com