BALLYDUFF Community Centre was officially reopened on Friday, November 9 by Mayor Victor Robinson and Joy Moorcroft, Chair of Ballyduff Community Group.
Councillors, MLAs and representatives from the local community attended the unveiling of the newly refurbished centre, which benefited from a £250,000 investment from Newtownabbey Borough Council.
The centre has been at the heart of the local community since it opened 38 years ago, offering space to groups within Ballyduff and further afield including the local playgroup, youth group, women’s group, senior citizens group and the Scouts. Bowling, keep fit and line dancing also took place at the centre on a weekly basis. The facility also benefited individuals in the community, offering a low-cost space for birthday parties, advice seminars and other social events.
Speaking at the official opening, alderman Robinson thanked the building contractors and architect involved in the refurbishment and praised the committee members of Ballyduff Community Group for their enthusiasm and commitment to the centre and the local community in Ballyduff.
“When the centre opened in 1974 it had a lifespan of 10-20 years so it’s a remarkable achievement that the building is still standing and this is as a result of the effort and commitment of the council’s Maintenance Team and Ballyduff Community Group. These efforts, coupled with the exciting plans which the group had for the future, convinced the council in 2011 to invest in a series of refurbishment works. It is clear to see today that the work has been worth it as we now have a centre that the local community can be proud of,” he said.
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