Buzz is out for community hub

Volunteer have taken over the centre
Volunteer have taken over the centre

There could soon be a real “buzz” about a community centre as a team of volunteers steps in to run it.

The future looks bright for Lindale Hall, in Mosley Common, which is now known as Beehive Community Centre.

“We are hoping to put as much energy and effort into it so we can to get it up and running for a number of hours in the day.”

Mavis Grundy

A new group of volunteers has taken over the reins and they hope to breathe new life into the centre.

Operations manager Mavis Grundy said: “The hall has been under-used for many years. It has been used for only nine hours a week. I want to be doing nine hours a day hopefully.”

The centre is owned by Wigan Council and they were looking for volunteers to run it as an asset transfer.

The group, which includes some volunteers also involved with Mosley Common In Bloom, will run the centre as a trial for four months.

If it is successful, they hope to officially take over and believe it could be a real asset for the area.

Mrs Grundy said: “There is nothing in the Mosley Common area. This could be a real community hub.

“We are hoping to put as much energy and effort into it so we can to get it up and running for a number of hours in the day.”

A consultation has been held to find out what people would like to see at the centre on Lindale Road.

Mrs Grundy said: “No-one said they wanted it to close. People put on lots of ideas of things they want to do. Children’s parties was a big one.

“They were asking for evening social activities, keep fit, education activities, crafts, lunch and coffee mornings, fairs and farmers’ markets.”

New activities have already started and more are planned in an effort to encourage more people to go there.

There is currently a yoga group and a keep fit class, and Mrs Grundy has organised good as new stalls and refreshments from 10am to 1pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

The centre could be used for all kinds of things and businesses could rent a room to run a breakfast club, for example. Events are also being planned, including a Lancashire evening and an afternoon at the proms.

The centre will open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday for stalls, food and children’s activities as part of a scarecrow festival.

To find out more about the centre or to get involved, call Mrs Grundy on 0161 799 7178 or email beehivecommunitycentre@hotmail.com.