Wigan community centre opens its doors for the first time

Bryn Community Centre, based at the former Diamond Club building, opened with a children's boxing session

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 7:00 am
Coun Steve Jones (first left) with volunteers outside the new community centre
Coun Steve Jones (first left) with volunteers outside the new community centre

An all-singing and all-dancing community centre has opened its doors for the first time.

Volunteers now have the keys to Bryn Community Centre and started their new venture with the launch of a children’s boxing session on Friday.

A youth club is also due to start at the Grey Road hub in the coming weeks, which will include pool and ice hockey tables.

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In June, a “pay as you feel cafe” will open where customers will get a meal, dessert and drink with people only paying what they can afford.

Over the next year, the group hope to organise community fun days and bingo nights in line with any Covid-19 restrictions.

Coun Steve Jones, whose Bryn Support Centre Community Interest Company is behind the venue, said: “We now have the keys to the community centre with our first activity kids youth boxing which I coach on Fridays 7pm till 8pm, two pound a child ages six to 14 .

“Our youth club will be starting in the next three weeks 5pm till 7pm Fridays.

“This will include pool and ice hockey tables, disc and much more.

“Our pay as you feel café will be open in June and open to all at least Monday ,Tuesday, Wednesday 12pm till 5pm.

“There will be a meal, dessert and drink with no prices, just a donation box with no pressure, you simply pay what you can afford.

“Going forward over the next 12 months we will be running community fun days and bingo night/days in line with restrictions.”

He added: “If anyone can donate anything for our youth club please get in touch. Once again thank you for all your amazing support.”

It comes after the group were successful in their bid for the former Diamond Club building. They fought off competition from two other groups after Wigan Council invited them to place interests in the building after putting it up for a five-year lease.

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