A brand new, purpose-built community centre has officially opened in the village of Moulton with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The £2.6 million centre includes a library, Forget me Not café, Little Acorns pre-school – which opens in September – and several halls and function rooms for hire.
The opening ceremony saw hundreds of local residents attend and Phyllis Wood, who at 91 is the village’s oldest resident, cut the ribbon on the new facility after a short speech by Cllr B Care MBE, Moulton Parish Council Chair.
Following the ribbon cutting, the two youngest pupils from Moulton Primary School – Alfie Higgs and Umbar Kaur-Parhar (both aged 4) – were presented with golden keys by Phyllis to lead everyone into the centre.
Jane Austin, Executive Officer of Moulton Parish Council, said: “This project has been years in the making for us. It is amazing to see it come to fruition and know that current and future residents of Moulton will get enjoyment from it.
“Our previous library was old and small – even though it was one of the busiest in the county – and had not grown along with the fast-growing population of Moulton. We have also needed a pre-school for some time now.
“The village of Moulton has a great, pro-active community and we wanted them to be involved in the official opening ceremony. Phyllis was born in Moulton and has lived here all her life. Seeing her give Alfie and Umbar keys was very much a symbolic handing over to the new and future generation of Moulton.
“We are really proud of this new facility and can’t wait to see it being used by people of all ages in the community.”
The new Moulton Community Centre is situated on Sandy Lane and was commissioned by Moulton Parish Council. It was funded by a combination of a Public Works Loan Board loan for £2.25 million and a £400,000 capital investment by Northamptonshire County Council.
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