Gannow Community Centre Officially Opened

Gannow Community Centre is now officially open!

After months of hard work, renovations and refurbishments, Gannow Community Centre was officially opened on 9th August 2017.

Bertie Bee Gannow Community Centre Grand Opening

BPRCVS invited Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, and Bertie Bee, the official Burnley Football Club mascot, to come down to the community centre on Adamson Street, Burnley and officially open the centre to the public.

Excellent Turnout At The Opening

There was a great turnout with representatives from local and county councils including Charlie Briggs, local councillor, and Tony Martin, county councillor. Community groups and social organisations filled the main hall to promote their services to the residents of Gannow. The day would have been nothing though without the local residents and it was pleasing to see so many of them turnout to see the community centre for themselves. Overall across the morning there were in excess of 100 visitors to the centre which was fabulous to see such engagement in what BPRCVS hope will become an integral hub for the community and residents of Gannow.

The grand opening presented local authorities, local organisations and Gannow residents a chance to see the centre for themselves and see how attractive it looks and how useful it will prove to be. There are few facilities around the Gannow area that can offer the same as Gannow Community Centre.

Bertie Bee With Participation Works North West

There was plenty of entertainment on throughout the morning. Participation Works North West runs the Youth Cafe at Gannow Community Centre during school holidays and they were kept very busy providing food and refreshments to everyone. Over 100 hotdogs were served!

Juice Samba Band were there performing outside which certainly increased the volume. Local adults visiting the centre could take part in board games with Mary from the Wednesday afternoon Over 50s Social group. The snooker room proved popular with a number of gentlemen from the surrounding area. Mick from the Spring Chicken Fitness group came down to do a few armchair exercises with some of the older residents.

Active Gannow, from Burnley Leisure, ensured the children had plenty of activities to keep them going during the morning. The children particularly enjoyed playing dodgeball and other indoor sporting activities after posing for selfies and photos with Bertie Bee. BPRCVS' Young Carers service brought some of the children they support to get involved with the activities. It was great to see such a large, diverse group of children playing and having fun at the centre. After all this is what your community centre is for.

Huckleberry Films

Huckleberry Films filmed the opening event from start to finish. They recorded interviews with key persons involved with BPRCVS, Gannow Big Local and the Gannow Community Centre. We will be releasing the video in due course once editing has been completed.

Sue Hughes Speech  Eileen Thomson Speech  Lord Shuttleworth Speech

Susan Hughes, BPRCVS Chair, and Eileen Thomson, Gannow Big Local, delivered short speeches before Lord Shuttleworth made his speech. The Right Honourable Lord Shuttleworth has a strong, historical connection to BPRCVS and was delighted with the acquisition of the centre and passed comment of how good the community centre was looking after over £33,000 of refurbishments had been spent on the centre.

Sue Hughes Presents Lord Shuttleworth With A Bottle    Eileen Thomson Presents Bertie Bee With Pot Of Honey

To thank them for their efforts in helping officially open the centre, Lord Shuttleworth was presented with a fine bottle of port and Bertie Bee was presented, rather suitably, with a pot of honey. What else are you supposed to get a bee?!

BPRCVS thanks Lord Shuttleworth and Bertie Bee for coming down to open the centre, Calico for providing the bunting decorations, Active Gannow for getting local children to paint 'Grand Opening' banners, Participation Works North West for cooking and providing refreshments, and each of the groups and organisations that came along to make it a successful morning to remember.

BPRCVS would like to extend a huge thank you to Gannow Big Local for their support in getting the community centre to the forefront of the local community.

There’s always plenty going on at Gannow Community Centre so why not pop round some time and see for yourself. You don’t have to be a member of a group or joining in an activity to be welcome to visit. The lounge area is a very comfortable place to sit and have a chat with some of your fellow neighbours and residents.

If you would like to know more about what’s going on at Gannow Community Centre follow BPRCVS on Facebook and Twitter, visit our website, sign up to the newsletter on the homepage of BPRCVS’ website, check out the noticeboard outside the centre, or just pop in and ask.