Community Centre celebrates 80th birthday – but future uncertain

 

Picture Julie Flanagan

Filwood Community Centre will be celebrating eight decades of serving local residents this April – with a whole year of events starting with a street party in the hall.

But this comes at a time when council funding for the centre has been dropping yearly – and a decision is due to be made on the budget for the next financial year.

Acting Chair of Community in Partnership Knowle West, which manages the centre, Tim Jones said: “The trustees are actively looking for additional sources of income that will enable the community centre to run into the future.”

The building has been hugely significant for the community – and will be opening its doors for local residents to come and help celebrate on Sunday 22 April with an afternoon street party in the hall.

Centre Manager June McNeill says: “I went to school on the site and in my lifetime it’s always been an important part of this area and still is. We’ll be holding celebrations all year with different activities.”

To help mark the 80th birthday of both the community centre and Filwood Broadway, Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) is supporting two artists to work with the community. They will be looking for local memories and old photos to share at the celebrations.

If you have any stories to tell or images to share please get in touch with Martha King at KWMC by 6 April on 0117 903 0444 or martha.king@kwmc.org.uk

The street party will run at the community centre on Sunday 22 April from 12-3pm. All welcome.