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12/7/2012 - Stanwix to celebrate double opening of new centres

The community of Stanwix in Carlisle will be having a double celebration on Saturday 14 July at 1pm (all press invited) when it officially opens the doors of not one, but two community buildings, thanks to over £ 350k funding from Cumbria County Council.

The family fun themed day will include a range of activities held in both buildings - Stanwix Community Centre and Stanwix Playgroup, both on Church Street - including an exclusive performance by local choir Zing (starting at 12.30pm), face painting, children's activities, party bags and a raffle to raise funds for the Stanwix Community Association.

Stanwix Community Centre will unveil its new look after money allocated from County Councillor for Stanwix Liz Mallinson's Local Member Scheme funded refurbishments of the centre. Each county councillor has a £ 12,000 Local Member Scheme budget which allows them to spend money on improvements and projects in their ward, and Councillor Mallinson allocated £ 12k towards the renovations at the community centre. It is hoped that the open day will encourage local people to consider hiring out the community centre, which is available for anything from learning groups to private parties.

Stanwix Playgroup will also be showcasing their new £ 340k building, leased from Cumbria County Council, which is situated right next to the community centre and was built to give the pre-school group a more modern and sustainable centre. The Playgroup was previously housed in the community centre, before it was renovated, however it was found that it was not fit for purpose. The new building, which was completed in 2011, is not only better suited for the Playgroup, but it also frees up space in the community centre for other groups.

County Councillor Liz Mallinson, who is also on Stanwix Community Association, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to have a double celebration with two fantastic council projects. Before, the community centre was looking tired and outdated, which hindered the Community Association's efforts to hire out the building to local people and groups. The renovation has made a world of difference, and we're now extremely proud of our community centre. I hope that the people who attend the celebration on Saturday will realise its potential and consider using it in the future for the benefit of Stanwix."

County Councillor Stewart Young, cabinet member for Resources, said: "It's important that community groups such as Stanwix Playgroup have a suitable place to be able to continue their good work, and it's great that the county council can provide these kinds of groups with a modern property in which to function. The funding for the new centre will mean that the local community will have a suitable facility to send their children to for decades to come."

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