Duncan Smith (Lay chairman of Trinity PCC), Tony Richardson (Local Councillor) and Peter Townley (Archdeacon of Pontefract) during the Re-dedication.
On Saturday 22nd February the Trinity Centre, Ossett reopened its doors following a project to transform this much used community building and the space around it.
The project, led by Ossett and Gawthorpe Parochial Church Council (PCC) went ahead thanks to the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) which allows waste companies to retain part of the tax they pay on waste going to landfill and distribute it to community and environmental projects. The fund is regulated by ENTRUST. Three organisations that provide grants through the LCF scheme - Biffa Award, WREN and The Veolia Environmental Trust – awarded grants totalling £160,000.
Built in 1989, the centre has two multi-function rooms that are used for a wide range of activities and events. These include keep fit classes, karate, several support groups, The Elizabethans Children’s Amateur Operatic Society and a mums and toddlers group, as well as private events.
However, time and extensive use had taken their toll on the building’s interior and it was in desperate need of repair and improvement so it could continue as a focus for community activities and events.
The project involved the laying of a new floor in the hall and the installation of a new ceiling. The building has also been redecorated and rewired, its toilets and catering facilities have been refurbished, and a security system installed. A new energy-efficient gas-heating system with heat-loss reduction measures reduces heating costs and the building’s carbon footprint.
Outside, new paths provide easier access for wheelchair users, people with limited mobility and parents with pushchairs. A great new play area has also been created for children aged 3 – 11. It includes sturdy and creative play equipment, safety surfacing, storage space and landscaping.
A new bicycle park has parking for up to four bikes and external security and car park lighting have been provided to increase safety and improve users’ experience of the facility during night-time. Two benches and two litter bins have also been installed.
During the opening event the local community were invited to look around, with refreshments and provided by a dedicated group of helpful volunteers before The Archdeacon of Pontefract, The Venerable Peter Townley, and Councillor Tony Richardson performed the rededication and opening ceremony.
The lay chairman of Trinity PCC, Duncan Smith, said:
“This has been a very worthwhile project and a credit to all those involved. It has resulted in an extremely attractive centre with excellent facilities, and an increase in interest from the local community has already been noticed.
“Serving our local community is at the heart of what we do at Trinity and the renewed facilities provide us with the means to engage with, and reach out, to our local community and beyond.”
Speaking about the re-opening of the centre, The Archdeacon of Pontefract commended the congregation of Trinity Ossett for all their hard work and determination and said what a boost the centre will be to the life of this local thriving and vibrant community.
ENTRUST Chief Executive, Christopher Welford, says, “The purpose of the Landfill Communities Fund is to benefit local communities affected by landfill sites and it is therefore great to see three of the scheme’s funders working collectively together to support this project. The funding provided has clearly made a positive impact on the local community and has set the Trinity Centre up to be a valuable facility for many years to come.”
Photos taken during the Re-dedication event can be found on the Biffa Award Flickr page.
ENTRUST have featured this event as a case study, click here for more information.