Closure warning for long-standing community asset

The committee running a community facility in a village on the outskirts of Ashington has warned that it will close soon if new users do not come forward.

Thursday, 10th March 2016, 7:55 am
Updated Thursday, 10th March 2016, 9:01 am
North Seaton Colliery Community Centre.

North Seaton Colliery Community Centre has been in place for at least 40 years and in its heydey, it was the base for various clubs and activities.

But now its future is under threat as the only group currently using it is the indoor bowls on a Monday night.

An urgent appeal for new users has been launched by the committee, with chairman Fred Costello saying it would be a ‘great shame’ if the facility had to shut its doors.

He added: “The centre has been a big part of the community for many years.

“It has been used for activities such as bingo, knitting, coffee mornings and dancing and youth clubs were based here. But numbers have gone down in recent years, not helped by the quick turnover of people in the village, and we are in danger of having to close.

“Hopefully, this appeal will lead to people in North Seaton and the wider Ashington area coming forward. The centre is an excellent place for people interested in starting up a new group or expanding an existing group.

“We have very good access, a fully fitted modern kitchen, the hall is newly painted and there are rooms available for anyone who wants to store some equipment.

“There are 30 to 40 spaces in the car park and next to the centre is a grassed area, which residents own and maintain, that is ideal for football or other games.”

Interested groups and individuals, and those who would consider joining the committee, can call Mr Costello on 07806 934703 for more information.