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County Council funding helps to refurbish 114-year-old venue

Now in its 114th year, Hucknall event venue the John Godber Centre is celebrating the completion of further refurbishment work which is set to take the popular centre into its next 100 years.

As part of this long-term investment, £7,673 from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) has been match-funded with money raised by the St Mary Magdalene Church Hucknall Jumblers and St Mary’s Trading Company.

This has helped to revamp furniture in the venue’s meeting and function rooms, purchasing more than 300 much-needed new chairs and 54 new tables worth approximately £15,000.

Centre Manager, Mrs Kim Pears said:

“As the pandemic took hold, our refurbishment plans were paused, and the challenges of lockdowns and restrictions were met and overcome.

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“The new furniture has been a fantastic addition to the Centre and the generous support we’ve received from our previous local Councillor Phil Rostance and Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme has allowed us to further invest in the facilities we’ve developed for our diverse community, many of whom have had a hard time during the pandemic.”

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities Chairman, Councillor John Cottee, who oversees the LIS said:

“This centre has been benefiting the Hucknall community for more than 100 years and is still as popular as ever.

“Our Local Improvement Scheme is designed to help make a difference in the local community and so we’re delighted that funding has been used towards the transformation of this wonderful centre. Replacing the well-worn furniture across the venue’s meeting and function rooms will help it thrive once more after such a challenging time.”

John Godber centre furniture

Nottinghamshire County Council Vice Chairman, Cllr Roger Jackson, who attended an recent open day at the centre said,

“Around 1,000 people a week already benefit from this centre’s wide range of vital services and exciting activities, including from Zumba classes and pre-school sessions for under 5s. It and even serves as the church hall for the neighbouring St Mary Magdalene Church, and so attracts people of all ages from Hucknall and across the county.

“The open day provided a great chance for people to find out more about what the centre has to offer.”

Nottinghamshire County Councillor Lee Waters, who represents the Hucknall South area said:

“The John Godber centre is at the heart of this community, so this open day will showcase all the fantastic activities that people can get involved in now things are opening up more and more.

“Local Improvement Scheme funding is a great way to support centres like these, especially to help in their post-pandemic recovery.”

Kim Pears continued:

“Glowing feedback on the furniture upgrade has already been received from Centre users keen to take advantage of the new programme of activities and events hosted by the venue since the relaxing of Covid restrictions.

“The public and funders got the chance to see new furniture and extensively refurbished facilities as part of our recent open day, plus a chance to find out more about the classes, groups and services hosted by our centre, with demonstrations throughout the day. ”

The new furniture is part of an on-going wider £200,000 refurbishment, self-funded by the centre. It  includes the installation of public Wi-Fi, new first floor toilets, energy-saving LED lighting, redecoration of the entire venue, improvements to the bars and catering kitchen, a new PA system and hearing loop, new main hall ceiling, stage curtains and dance class mirrors.

A full What’s On guide for events, and a timetable of things to do at the John Godber Centre can be found at:

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