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Holmcroft Youth and Community Centre

Centre exteriorHolmcroft Youth and Community Centre has been serving people living in the north end of Stafford since 1946.

A 'community centre' should be just that...a place where people of all ages from across the locality come together at various times throughout the week to meet, chat, play, plan, or to hold special events. This is nowhere more true than at Holmcroft Youth and Community Centre, Newland Avenue, in Stafford. Activities at the Centre reflect the broad interests of its users, who come from across the north end of the town. It was founded as a youth club in 1946, and has been serving the surrounding community ever since.

Regular activities

Every weekday the Centre hosts the Noah's Ark Preschool Playgroup for 2 to 4-year-olds, and from mid-afternoon the Phoenix Club for the over 50s. There is also a cafe serving snacks until 2.00 pm each day. Other regular activities include snooker, bowls, and cards. On Wednesdays the facilities are used to provide day-care for elderly people, and every Sunday morning the Harvest Church meets in the Centre. There is also a playing field, and a floodlit outside tennis/football court.Hall interior

Lighting in the main hall was replaced with more energy-efficient units as part of the Warmer Holmcroft project, funded by Stafford Borough Council.

Importance to local community

With such a high level of activity, and given its importance to the local community, it was no surprise that Holmcroft Youth and Community Centre was chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Warmer Holmcroft project, to help improve the energy efficiency of the building with funding from Stafford Borough Council. An energy audit was carried out, and this identified the need to replace the lighting in the hall to reduce costs and improve reliability.

Mel and Beryl

Melanie Tuck (left), manager of Noah's Ark Preschool Playgroup, with Beryl Metcalf, board member at the Centre.

The Noah's Ark Playgroup is graded Outstanding by Ofsted, and currently has about 45 youngsters on its books. Playgroup manager Melanie Tuck recently secured funding for a makeover of the toilets adjacent to the main hall, which is used by the children. These now have motion-sensor controlled lighting, and automatic taps. "We wanted to make the facilities the best we could, and save water and energy into the bargain. The effort has really paid off, and the children love using the new taps," she commented. groovy tap

To hire the main hall or other facilities at the Centre, or to ask about setting up a regular activity using the Centre, phone (01785) 226871. It is a charity, and depends on volunteers to keep going. All revenues are used to maintain the Centre.

One of the 'character' water-saving taps installed during a recent
refurbishment of the toilet facilities at Holmcroft Centre.