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Local community centre transferred to town council

News release issued:

Ownership of a local community centre has been transferred to Stourport Town Council.

The Elizabeth Mills Centre, which is near the heart of Stourport town centre, is used for social day care and community groups. It was owned by Wyre Forest District Council. The authority has transferred the ownership to the town council as part of its localism agenda. This is when it supports Town and Parish councils as well as other community organisations to take ownership of assets or to run services.

Previously known as the Stourport Day Centre, it was renamed in 2010 to recognise the achievements of local stalwart and founder Elizabeth Mills. She was formerly the mayor of Stourport and served twenty-three years on Wyre Forest District Council and twelve years on Worcestershire County Council. She was also Wyre Forest’s first honorary alderman.

The centre has been a staple in the community for many years, bringing people from all walks of life together to socialise. It provides lunch time meals three times a week for local residents. Activities such as sequence dancing and bingo also take place there. The space is also used in the evenings by various local groups including the Civic Society and Oddfellows. The centre relies on volunteers and will continue to be run under a board of trustees as it has been prior to the transfer. It will continue to offer its regular groups and activities which support the local community.

The Mayor of Stourport, Councillor Mike Freeman said,

“We are delighted to work with Wyre Forest District Council on this transfer, which has allowed us to retain this valuable asset to the local community. We look forward to supporting the board of trustees to continue to deliver great services to residents.”

Councillor Tracey Onslow, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Arts and Community Safety said,

“The Elizabeth Mills Centre is a staple for many residents in Stourport. As part of our localism agenda, we want to make sure that valuable services like this continue. Transferring ownership to Stourport Town Council will make sure this happens.”

To find out more about the groups and activities at the Elizabeth Mills Centre, call 01299 823240. Lunch time meals take place every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 12pm and require pre-booking.

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