Honiton 55+ Centre to open in August

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:41 29 July 2015

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Although a slight delay from the provisional opening date of Monday, July 27, the August opening will allow people to find out more about what is offered.

Honiton 55+ Centre will open its doors to the public on the morning of Monday, August 10.

The date has been revealed by Jackie Wadsworth, vice chairman of the centre’s steering group.

Although a slight delay from the provisional opening date of Monday, July 27, the August opening will allow people to explore around the centre, at St Michael’s in Orchard Way, and find out more about what is offered.

Mrs Wadsworth said: “This is great news - everything is progressing well.

“The process has gone better than I thought it would but it has still been a hard slog and it still will be.”

The centre has secured several volunteers and taken on two members of staff. The landline has also been installed.

Mrs Wadsworth said she expects the first six months to be ‘crazy’, but is determined to make the centre a big success.

She added that the steering group will be working hard to establish itself on Devon County Council’s (DCC) special supply list, which means they could soon get referrals.

A DCC spokesman confirmed that the council and Honiton 55+ Centre have agreed the terms of a lease, granting the group’s occupancy on the Monday, August 10.

The spokesman added: “The 55+ group will be using the building 3.5 days a week, including Saturday mornings, as requested.”

John Zarczynski, chairman of the 55+ Centre steering group, said: “Just over a year ago, we were told to keep the centre open was impossible.

“We were in a losing battle. Here we are now, having secured a lease and we look forward to the 55+ centre opening. A big thanks to all who helped.”

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